CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Spring time means it istime to start bringing out the lawn equipment. It also means that thieves arestarting to look for unattended lawn equipment.
"Even though youwould like to believe it can't happen or it won't happen, it can happen and itwill happen," Karen Huffman said.
Crockett police say thatover the last year, they have seen an increase in thefts, especially lawnequipment, which is why they are now warning residents.
Glenna Enos and Huffmanare part of the Homewood neighborhood watch program in Crockett and have bothbeen victims of thieves and now say they take every step they can to protecttheir valuables.
"It's a terriblefeeling when you come home and something that is yours is gone," Enos said.
"It is hard tobelieve but it can easily disappear instantly from your yard, almost like goingto get a drink of water and coming back," Huffman said. "It can be gone."
Since those burglaries, thetwo have added home security systems and a shed to lock up equipment, but theyhave also taken other measures. Those measures include keeping a pictureinventory of all items, inscribing the serial number at another spot on theequipment and putting a mark on an item, such as a scratch or a paint spot.
Crockett police are aidingresidents by handing out forms that can help keep an inventory of all items andmake it easier to track stolen goods.
"It allows us tobuild a stronger case against people who stole those things," Crockett PoliceInvestigator Mark Hickerson said. "With those numbers entered in on the paperwe can in turn enter it into the state database or the national database whichallows us to track those throughout the country."
Hickerson along with residents say that itmay seem silly but the steps can help in a big way.
Hickerson also said that the same proactivesteps used for lawn equipment are perfect to do for any item in a house.