Burglar foiled by homeowner
A man was thwarted in his attempt to burglarize a home Friday morning.
The "knock-and-enter" burglar rang a doorbell three times at 10:05 a.m. in the 1200 block of Sweetwater Drive before deciding no one was at home and attempting to enter.
"No one answered, so the suspect tried to pry open the door," Burleson Police Det. Wes Routson said. "The resident was slow in getting to the door. [The homeowner] was willing to defend themself and the suspect ran off."
The timing of the burglary is not uncommon, Routson said.
"Most burglaries of this variety will be at a time when people are not at home, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.," he said.
The homeowner being home at the time prevented the burglary, Routson said.
"Typically, burglars don't want to make contact with people," he said. "So if someone is there, they are gone."
While not advocating for any specific home security tool, homeowners could investigate technologies like cameras and the doorbell camera, Routson said.
"Those aren't bad features to have," Routson said. "You could be able to get [evidence] of who was at your door."
The case is a reminder for neighbors to be on the lookout in their neighborhood, he said.
"If there are vehicles in your neighborhood that you don't recognize, call us immediately and let us check it out," Routson said. "We can check it out and verify if it is a problem or not. Many times, we hear that someone saw something but waited 20 to 30 minutes to call us. This is a time of year this type of burglary seems to peak."
There were also two burglaries last week related to homeowners with open garage doors. In one case, the homeowner was home and working in their backyard, while a cooler, power washer and other miscellaneous items were taken.
"Someone helped themselves to their stuff," Routson said. "If you're not present, its best to close it. It doesn't take but just a few seconds to grab something and get in the car and leave. Generally stuff you have in a garage is fairly expensive, and its a quick, easy target."