AUSTIN (KXAN) — In a briefing on Thursday afternoon, the Austin Police Department gave information on 22 burglaries that have happened at downtown apartment buildings and condominiums.
According to APD, 22 apartment/condo burglaries are being investigated in the area of South Lamar Boulevard and Lady Bird Lake. In these cases, APD says, the burglar or burglars were able to get inside the apartments — even though all the doors were locked.
It’s believed that the burglar used a tool to break down the doors, items like crowbars, to allow them to get inside and take valuable items.
APD believes there will be more reports coming once ACL leaves and people return from out of town.
Austin Police detectives don’t have a suspect at this point, but they are following up on each lead they get. They say it’s important for you to reach out to them if you see or hear of anything suspicious.
One woman, who currently lives at The Bowie, was burglarized. She said the thief took her designer purses and jewelry.
Others living in the area expressed vulnerability when asked how they feel about living in that section of town.
“We have seen some drastic changes to the point where when I take my one-year-old out for a walk downtown, there are some things that are concerning,” said Meredith Franco, a 38-year-old mom living in the Seaholm Ecodistrict.
She said she and her husband are making plans to move to the Bee Cave area.
“We didn’t really have any plans to move out of downtown and we just had a conversation about looking elsewhere,” Franco said. “I don’t feel nearly as safe.”
Officer Destiny Silva also offered several tips for keeping your apartment safe, including:
- Keeping doors locked
- Keeping an eye out for unfamiliar people — or anything items that are slightly suspicious
- Get to know your neighbors, talk to them and share information
- If you experience a burglary, call 911 immediately
- Do not touch anything in your apartment if you believe it’s been burgled
“If you hear any type of noise that might be consistent with someone trying to pry open a door, you need to call that in. That’s suspicious,” Silva said. “Get to know your neighbors, look out for one another. Be aware, especially now that you know these types of crimes are happening in that area.