APD awarded $15,000 grant to help stop home burglaries

A check for $15,000 is issued to the Austin Police Department Burglary Unit.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new grant awarded to Austin Police will tighten up security measures to put a stop to home burglaries.

At a news conference Wednesday, Austin-based security firm ‘Protect America’ presented APD’s burglary unit with a $15,000 check.

“It’s our community. We want to protect our community and make our home safer. There’s nothing like a violation that happens during a burglary,” said Thad Paschall, CEO of Protective America.

The money will supply the department with more high-tech equipment like wireless laptops so detectives can work in the field.

It will also help improve the efficiency of confidential operations and investigations.

APD officials say the number of home burglaries in Austin has decreased by 12% within the last year.

“We want to continue that downward trend, and the use of this technology will help us achieve that goal,” said APD Lieutenant Art Arevelo.

“The technology and software that we’re able to purchase is a force multiplier. Anytime we have a force multiplier, it will assist us in removing suspects who are committing crimes and get them off the streets faster. We want to be more efficient. The ultimate goal is to not have another burglary victim.”


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