Car Burglars Stay Busy in East Dallas

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    Car burglars in Dallas aren't taking the summer off.

    Car burglars aren't taking the summer off. Just ask residents in one East Dallas neighborhood.

    In a roughly one-square-mile area, Dallas police reported 37 car burglaries in just 28 days, from June 21 to July 18. Statistics provided by Dallas police department show most of the burglaries happened between midnight and 8 a.m. on weekends.

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    Just about everyone in the neighborhood has heard about the burglaries or seen them.

    Amy Mack, who runs a boot camp in a nearby park, said she saw some thieves at work during the day. Mack said she thought the sound of breaking glass was from someone throwing glass into a nearby glass recycling dumpster, but quickly realized it was bad guys at work.

    "Sure enough, her windshield had been busted out," Mack said. "And her entire purse was taken, her cell phone and come to find out later, a $1,500 watch inside her purse."

    Dallas police have increased their presence in the area, sending out more patrols.

    Because the neighborhood is particularly dark, police are also sending out Web alerts asking residents to leave their front porch light on at night to deter thieves.

    The neighborhood is bordered by Greenville Avenue to the west, Abrams Road to the east, Belmont Avenue to the south and Mockingbird Lane to the north.