Message from the Chief – Rash of Forced Entry Burglaries & Protection Tips – Over this past weekend and again today, the Aransas Pass Police Department has investigated reports of forced entry burglaries. One commonality of these cases is that the suspect(s) are kicking in doors of the residences. On at least two occasions, the burglars were surprised to find a resident or an alarm system.
Currently, police are searching for Ryan Michael Reed AGE 28. Reed drives a 2003 teal green Infinity G35 TxLP-GKN8131. Police believe Reed is connected to these cases and seek to arrest him on a burglary warrant. If you have any information about these cases, call us at 361-758-5224 or through Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 361-758-TIPS (you will remain anonymous when using Crime Stoppers).
Tips to Protect Yourself and Property
As previously mentioned, people and alarms seem to scare these burglars away. However, your presence might not always be a good thing. What can you do to better protect yourself or your property? Have you metnally prepared for the rare event this happens to you while you are home? Have you ever considered an alarm system or security cameras?
Tip #1 Self Defense. You need to be proficient with your weapons. You never know one’s intention when they come crashing through your door, but wouldn’t it be comforting to know you are armed, confident and ready, should it occur?
If you are a gun owner be sure you train with your weapon and mentally/physically prepare yourself for an event. Study and plan what you intend to do, where your weapons will be, how you plan to respond with your weapon, and legally how you are able to respond with your weapon. Learn more about the self defense laws in Texas here.
Tip #2, Alarm & Camera Systems. If you do not have one, you might consider getting one. But having an alarm or camera system is not the end all solution. Make sure your system is working properly. Most alarm companies recommend monthly checks and they provide support to help you test your alarm regularly. In one of the events mentioned, an alarm system was used but the alarm company never alerted law enforcement. Fortunately, however, an officer happen to be patrolling by and noticed the broken door.
Tip #3, Reinforced Doors. Though you might not realize it, kicking in a door is really not too difficult. We recommend folks reinforce their doors by adding 3.5 to 4 inch screws on both the hinge plates and the striker plates. These screws will fasten your door to the 2×4 framing boards, making it very difficult for an intruder to breach. Check out this awesome video from Victoria PD, it will illustrate the principal better…