MARCH 14, 2012.

PRESS RELEASE

ParkerCountySheriff Larry Fowler wants residents to take precautionary measures in preventing home burglaries and thefts.

“We have had a recent increase in residential and property crimes,” Fowler said. “Most of these crimes can be deterred if citizens take the time to perform a few preventative measures.”

In the past week, several burglaries and thefts have taken place within the county.

Burglaries and thefts have been reported throughout the county with no focus on any specific area.

The offenses have been reported from Azle to Weatherford and Springtown to Aledo areas.

Recent items reported stolen include weapons, jewelry, prescription medications, tools, electronics, appliances, air conditioning systems, copper wiring and identification.

Sheriff Fowler said some of the instances could have been prevented by simply locking residences, garages, sheds, storage buildings and vehicles.

In a report made Tuesday, a homeowner in the 2000 block ofNorthwest Parkwayin Azle, reported unknown suspect(s) stole the air conditioner located outside of the home and forced entry into her residence to steal copper tubing from the attic. In the process of the burglary, the suspect(s) caused extensive damage to the rear door of the home, ceiling tiles, windows and bathroom, causing nearly $6,000 in property loss and damages.

In another report, also made Tuesday, a Weatherford resident in the 1700 block ofGreg Street, reported unknown suspect(s) damaged the side of the building where the suspect(s) tore siding apart to make entry into the building, and stole 12 hand power saws, 20 air-powered staple guns and four air compressors valued at more than $5,000.

“In many cases, an alarm system will deter most would-be criminals,” Fowler said. “Home safes, fenced property and gated entries are also good steps in preventing theft crimes. Do not leave valuables on porches or in yards. Also, do not leave them inside vehicles. If you must, keep them out of plain view.”

Fowler said locking homes and vehicles are imperative, even when going out for a short time. He added one of the most important measures in preventing burglaries is a watchful eye.

“Many times after a crime has already taken place, we learn a neighbor or passerby observed a suspicious character during the commission of a crime,” Fowler said. “Citizens are encouraged to report any and all suspicious activity to the sheriff’s office or their local law enforcement agency immediately.”

Documenting valuables with serial numbers and keeping the list in a safe place will also help investigators identify, locate and track items should a burglary or theft occur.

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