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Burglaries in Abilene have increased by 10 percent in the last year

Burglaries have increased by a significant amount in Abilene over the past year.

In just one year, the number of burglaries in Abilene has increased by 10 percent.

"That means we had 994 residential and commercial burglaries in the course of a year, that is an incredibly high number," said Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge.

Standridge urges homeowners to make it difficult for burglars to get to their back doors by locking their side gates.

Most burglaries happen during the day, so before people leave for work, they should take extra precautions while locking up their home.

"Lock your side gates, the number one point of entry into your residence, usually occurring during the daytime, is through your back door," Standridge said.

Standridge also stressed the importance of people making a detailed list of everything worth value that they own.

"Please take inventory of your valuables inside your car, inside your home and last week, we talked about not leaving firearms in your vehicle overnight." Standridge said.

On top of that, there are a few things that people do or forget to do that could save them money and time if something were to happen.

People should never post that they are away on vacation on any social media platform because burglars could see that if they are away from home, they figure that it is the perfect time to break into somebody's house. With that being said, people should wait until they are back at home to upload their vacation photos.

Important computer files should be downloaded on to a flash drive or uploaded to a cloud server because if any electronics are stolen from them, they will at least still have backups of their most critical files.

People should also turn on their alarm systems regardless of how long they are leaving their homes because there is a possibility a burglar could sneak into their home when they are not looking and may be able to enter and exit the house with stolen goods due to the chance that the burglar may have studied the residence for an extended period of time to the point that they know how to navigate the house without being detected by anyone or anything.

If people are to discover that their home was broken into, they should not try to reenter their home because the burglar may still be in the house and may try to attack the house's resident. Furthermore, if somebody were to enter a burglarized house after it had been targeted, the home's resident could potentially tamper with evidence of the burglary by touching anything inside of the house. Instead, people are urged to go to one of their neighbors' homes and call the police from there to report that they have been burglarized.

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