Car Burglary Concerns

Thieves are teaming up to break in to Amarillo cars.  Amarillo police say they receive close to 50 calls a week from people who have had their car's burglarized and thieves are finding more efficient ways to break in.

Sergeant Brent Barbee says, "They'll use tactics like one person will drive and one or 2 other criminals will get out and work one or 2 sides of the streets while the other 2 are checking looking for things to steal," he said.

Those tactics have residents in Amarillo neighborhoods concerned. One resident Sharky Gonzalez says it's not fair that people are not respectful. "I don't think that's right.  We are working hard for our stuff. I don't want somebody to steal my stuff, Gonzalez said.

Thieves working in teams have no particular target. Police say no neighborhood, no car, and no person is safe. Thieves take anything they deem profitable such as stereos, CDs, mp3 players, car manuals etc..

Sgt. Barbee says there are theories why thieves take odd items like owner manuals. "One person told me you can have identifying information in the manual to have another key made. There's key that allows you to open the door," Sgt. Barbee said.

Officers say it's virtually impossible to keep your car from being broken into, but you can stay vigilant and protect it. "Absolute thing you can do is minimize your chance of loss is keeping your stuff out of the car," Sgt. Barbee urges car owners.

The average victim of car burglary faces thousands of dollars in loss. Neighbors can face an increase in home and car insurance depending on how many times a theft occurs in the neighborhood.