The Crime Of Burglary Of A Vehicle Could Receive Stiffer Penalties

by Jessica Cervantez

Within the past few years, the Lufkin Police Department has been working more and more vehicle burglary cases. That is why officers can see advantages to bumping up the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Lt. Greg Denman, with the Lufkin Police Dept., said, "It is a slap on the wrist for them and a slap in the face for us, for all the work we go through to get them in jail and they go right back out."

Prior to 1994, the crime was a felony, but jail overcrowding issues helped change it to a misdemeanor.

The increase in these crimes means big business for Dirk Crawford, the owner of B&D Security. He is selling more surveillance cameras for personal use than ever before. The price ranges between $90 and $250.

Crawford said, "A lot of people are under the impression that it costs more than it does."

The cameras can give consumers an extra sense of security. And good video also helps law enforcement solve cases.

Lt. Denman said, "We are seeing a lot more on the outside of homes."

Crawford said, "It's a good deterrent when you put it makes the crime part go away."

The goal of stiffer penalties is to keep criminals from repeating the offense. It is now up to the legislature to decide if a change is made.