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South Lubbock resident: 'crime is getting really bad'

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Since Thursday night, Lubbock Police have been enforcing curfew for juveniles. This due to a rash of smash and grabs lately and police believe it is mostly teenagers breaking into cars, looking for guns.

The aggressive curfew enforcement program will ticket juveniles and their parents for kids found out after hours.

But Sunday morning, Jana Chappell woke up to discover she had unwanted visitors snooping around her vehicles in South Lubbock. 

"I thought oh my god, it's in my neighborhood," Chappell said.

Chappell decided to post the surveillance video on the Facebook group, 'Operation Crime Watch' to warn others.

Luckily, for her family, nothing was stolen. Chappell's lived here for 33 years and believes this is an issue that has gotten out of control.

"I think the crime in Lubbock is getting really bad,"Chappell said.

She is aware that a lot of these break-ins are by juveniles. With the recent enforcement of a curfew, Lubbock police are hoping to catch these kids.

"If your child is out in the middle of the night and you don't know that or you allow that to happen, that's a problem for the entire city," Police Chief Greg Stevens said. 

Chappell believes it is a parenting issue and until parents step up and set their own curfew, these kids will still be out and about. 

"For them to be out at 3:54 in the morning, stealing, I mean it starts at home," Chappell said.

Chappell said she also attributes this problem to a growing city with a drug problem.

"If Lubbock keeps going out further and further, I think we need to start increasing more police officers," Chappell said.

In the city, there are about 1.76 officers for every 1,000 residents. In order to keep up with the growth, LPD would need to add about four officers. 

Chappell did report the incident to police. Her neighborhood will now be put on watch for a month.

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