UPDATED: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 12:26pm
LORENA -- There's a quite neighborhood right off I-35 in Lorena.
"The neighborhood's been very quite, very peaceful. We have the Lorena Police officers come through here very often," Darrell Jones said, who has been living in the neighborhood since 1993.
But a rash of car robberies totaling 8 in 7 days has surprised people in this usually safe area. Especially Ethan Romer, who's GPS was stolen out of his car.
"Just didn't expect it to happen there," Romer said.
Texas peace officers know July is a busy time for thieves, which is why it's been declared "Watch Your Car Month" by the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA).
But despite the increase of burglaries on the East side of Lorena, neighbors tell us they're not too concerned.
"Any time you see kids out in the middle of the night, it's probably them," Romer said.
"I just think it's some young kids just out trying to make some money," Jones said.
As of right now Lorena Police do not have any solid leads, but they do have a detective dedicated specifically to these cases.
Nearly 264,000 cars were burglarized in Texas in 2010, so even in the most safe neighborhoods, you should take proactive measures to make sure you're not the next victim to car theft of burglary.
"If they leave valuables in the car, purses, GPS's, radar detectors, sunglasses, anything, take them with you. If you can't take them with you, at least try to hide them. lock them in the trunk. lock their vehicles and watch out for each other," Lorena Chief of Police, Tom Dickson said.
Though mistakes happen and crimes are committed, police say they can help you get stolen property back as long as you report it.
"Record those serial numbers. It's much easier to get property back," Chief Dickson said.