ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Round Rock has seen several residential burglaries lately where burglars knock on the front door and – when there’s no response – go around to the back, where they break a glass door or window to gain entry into the home, the police department said Friday in a post on their Facebook page.
In one case, a firearm was stolen. In two cases this week, children left at home alone startled a burglar who quickly fled.
In a case from Tuesday, the suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid- to late 20s with black hair and an average build.
That suspect wore a black t-shirt with a “polo horse” insignia, dark colored jeans and black gloves.
In the most recent incident Wednesday evening, the suspect was described by the 13-year-old girl who was home at the time as a man standing about 6’2” and wearing a black sweater or sweatshirt, baggy blue jeans, and a mask on his face, police say.
These crimes have occurred throughout the city but are centering along South A.W. Grimes Boulevard on the east side of Round Rock, the department said. If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call the Round Rock Police Department.
Daytime burglaries are difficult to prevent. The Round Rock Police Department says homeowners can do the following to deter burglars:
1. Get an alarm for your home. At a minimum, place an alarm sign prominently displayed leading up to the front door, even if you don’t have one. Just the possibility of an alarm can help as a deterrent.
2. Cut back hedges and shrubs around your home. This gives burglars less areas to conceal themselves.
3. A dog in the home or the backyard can also help deter a burglar from entering the backyard or the home.
4. Last and perhaps most importantly, get to know your neighbors. A neighbor you know is more inclined to call the police if they see something suspicious on your property.