Homeowners remain cautious after security camera stolen - FOX34 Lubbock

Homeowners remain cautious after security camera stolen

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Those home security investments are a common way to deter thieves, but the cameras may be the first item burglars target. 

Last Tuesday, Andy and Emerald Bilbrey noticed a young adult walking around their town home in Central Lubbock. A few days later they had another visit and a surprising snag. 

"I think about 2 o'clock in the morning, I'm pretty sure it was the same person went to the side of the camera grabbed it and took it off it's mount," Andy said. 

The couple remains prepared with multiple cameras installed on that house and on another home in South Lubbock. It is a problem they believe is not secluded to one area of the city.

"It's pretty brave to do that in the climate that's perpetrated in the last two to three weeks especially with the 2 people shot, one being killed," Andy said. "I think it's pretty brave to go out and continue to do this knowing that the Lubbock community is getting pretty fed up with this." 

The couple has been in Lubbock for more than 50 years and just these past few years, they have noticed the increase in property crimes. Last year, thieves broke into Andy's work car. 

"I really hadn't thought about that it's a possibility, are they scoping things out?" Emerald asked. "We've had instances here where there's strangers walking up and down the street and they may be totally innocent but it's beginning to make everyone more aware, what's their motive?" 

Vehicle theft tops the list of property crimes in Lubbock County, according to the FBI. The Uniform Crime Statistics report a 10 percent jump between 2015 and 2017, and regular burglaries were up two percent. 

"It's got to the point where everyone's sense of awareness has elevated," Bilbrey said.

The Bilbrey's reported both instances to police. Investigators said it is common to have two to three reports of stolen cameras a month but have not seen a recent spike. 

They encourage you to always file a police report if it happens to you. 

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