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Holiday break-ins prompt extra measures from residents, police

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Police say it proves thieves are paying close attention when you head out for the holidays. As we reported this weekend, burglars hit several Tyler apartment complexes over the Thanksgiving holidays.

"We locked the doors, we locked the main door, everything," said apartment resident Karla Bautista. "I think the worst part about this is it's not just one apartment they broke's plenty more.'

Thieves helped themselves to plenty at The Cambridge Apartments, where students like Karla make up 98 percent of residents. Despite adding 2 more security officers, burglars hit Nine other Cambridge apartments and one down the street at Varsity Place.

Now less than a month from Christmas, Tyler police are working with area apartments to keep crime to a minimum. "We need to make sure we're beefing up our patrols to watch for suspicious activity," said Officer Don Martin. "There's some things we really are requesting students to do and they're just really good ideas."

You can follow security to a "T" but authorities say if you are burglarized the most important thing in getting your stolen laptop or TV back is knowing your serial number. In the few seconds it takes to write the serial number down you can be giving police the exact information they need in order to get your item back to you if its ever recovered.

Rental properties like apartments won't always let you add additional locks, so if you're leaving for a holiday do as Karla does. "We just have to pack everything really, we can't leave it here," said Bautista.

Cambridge Apartment management tells us they are looking into installing additional deadbolts on their doors.

For an easy option to cover your belongings try renter's insurance. A few free quotes on rates for this area showed item coverage up to 20 thousand dollars, for as little as ten dollars a month.

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