Back doors of 5 Abilene homes kicked in this week: How to protect your home

Several homes were broken into on two streets on opposite sides of Abilene.

With the holiday’s fast approaching, police are warning residents to be more proactive when it comes to home security.

On Monday, two homes on Legacy Drive in southwest Abilene were broken into.

Police say the burglars knocked on the front door to see if anyone was home. Then they went around back to be less conspicuous and kicked in the back door.

On Tuesday, another home on Legacy Drive was broken into the same exact way.

Police also say thieves also kicked in the back door of homes on Independence Blvd. in northwest Abilene. One was a rental property and was broken into between Saturday and Tuesday.

The other was broken into about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Rick Tomlin with the Abilene Police Department said no suspects have been identified at this time.

Police say there are simple things you can do to keep your home safe, starting with a doorbell camera.

“This technology allows you to answer your doorbell if it rings from wherever you are, whether you’re at work, and you can do that, kinda helps maybe scare somebody off that’s not supposed to be there”, said Tomlin.

The number one thing a homeowner can do is know your neighbors.

“They need to be on the lookout if they live in that area. Watch for anything that’s suspicious, anybody that doesn’t belong there”, said Tomlin.

If you see anything suspicious, call 911 or 325-673-8331.

Tomlin said this is even more important to do during the holidays when its as easy as stealing from your front door.

“Lots of packages, Christmas packages going through the mail, home deliveries, stuff like that. Sometimes crime does increase when the holidays are here,” said Tomlin.

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