ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A number of car burglaries have happened in neighborhoods in Southeast Round Rock.
Venessa Trevino and her family have lived in one of them near Jordan Lane for about 13 years. But she’s not surprised two of her neighbor’s cars were burglarized last weekend. One car was unlocked, and the other had the door lock punched.
“About three or four years ago, the house on the other side of us had been broken into,” explains Trevino.
Investigators say they received reports of four vehicles total being broken into on June 11.
Less than a mile up the road from Trevino, Round Rock police say someone broke into two more unlocked cars on Dyer Crossing Way. In one case, a portable power pack was stolen from the open bed of a pickup. In the other, a computer and $20 were taken.
That is why Vanessa is keeping an eye out for her neighbors.
“When we drive down our neighborhood streets, we like to go slower than the speed limit and just kind of keep our eyes open and look down wherever we can just to make sure that there’s nothing suspicious going on,” says Trevino.
Vanessa called police the other day when she thought she saw something suspicious. Her neighbor’s garage door had been open for five hours.
“His door has never been open that long,” explains Trevino. “So out of concern and just to make sure he was okay, we phoned the police and had them come over just to check on the house with us.”
The neighbor was okay, he had just fallen asleep. But Trevino has learned it’s better to be cautious.
“We need to keep a lookout for each other and just to keep communication is so important.”
Round Rock Police are also investigating several home burglaries nearby, along South A.W. Grimes Blvd.
Detectives say burglars are knocking on the front door, and when there’s no response, they break a glass door or window in the back to get inside. In two cases last week, kids who were at home alone scared the burglars away.
In Austin, so far this year, more than 2,200 homes have been broken into, which is about 100 more than this time last year.
However, the number of homes and cars being broken into has dropped in recent years. In all of 2015, 5,000 homes were burglarized. That is a 43 percent drop from five years earlier, when nearly 9,000 homes were hit.