By LeaAnne Klentzman
The Sugar Land neighborhood of Sugarwood, one of the first planned communities in the First Colony development, has recently become a target for thieves.
In early January, January 7 to be exact, neighbors in Sugarwood reported seeing a dark colored pick-up truck in the area that possibly did not belong. Sugar Land police spokesman Doug Adolph said, “All three (burglaries) occurred on the same day and appear to be related.” The burglaries occurred at 2:30 pm., 3:03 pm, and 4:07 pm, on the afternoon of January 7, 2013.
The first burglary was at a home in the 1600 block of Creekside Drive, where the resident told police he was only gone from his home from 11:15am. until 2:23 pm. when he returned home, he discovered a window in a back door shattered.
Adolph said several bedrooms were ransacked and a revolver was missing. The next burglary was in the 2700 block of Raintree. In this case the homeowner said her home was ransacked and burglarized between 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. No information was available on what all was stolen there. The third burglary in that neighborhood that day was back on Creekside Drive. That burglary was actually discovered by police officers as they were canvassing the area during their investigation into the other burglaries. In that case the home was ransacked and property was also stolen. Shattered back windows appear to be the point of entry used by these particular crooks.
In a statement, Adolph said, “Since we have seen an increase in home burglaries throughout the City, police have developed an enforcement plan that includes unmarked patrols, high visibility patrols with increased traffic and pedestrian contacts, the use of a camera trailer and more. Educational outreach will also be important, including crime prevention information released to Crime Watch representatives, crime prevention presentations at HOA meetings and messages distributed via E-Policing.”
Citizens will be asked to remember the following:
1. Lock all doors and windows.
2. If you have a home burglar alarm, use it! Arm it even when you are home.
3. Have motion or glass break sensors installed.
a. If you don’t have an alarm, you can still take steps to make your home less attractive to thieves: Place an alarm sign in the front yard even if you don’t have one…you can lie to thieves, it’s ok!
4. Place locks on side gates that access the backyard. This will make it harder for burglars to gain access to the rear of your home. “Beware of Dog” signs won’t hurt either…you can lie about having a dog too!
5. Keep bushes trimmed below windows.
6. Plant sticker bushes under rear windows (holly, roses, etc).
7. If someone comes to your door while you are home, acknowledge their presence. If they think the home is empty, they will break in! Do not open the door, but please look out the side window and tell them you are not interested in what they are selling, etc.
8. Call the Police immediately if you see something suspicious (i.e. someone is claiming to do work in your home when you know you have nothing scheduled)! Do not wait 10 minutes to think it over…call IMMEDIATELY! The non-emergency number is 281-275-2020. This number is manned 24/7. You will not receive a recording or be placed on hold for hours on end.
9. Use those beautiful curtains that you paid so much money for. Don’t let thieves “window shop”