Crackdown on Construction-Site Burglaries

By Sara Story
|  Thursday, Aug 4, 2011  |  Updated 5:40 PM CDT
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Carrollton police are teaming up with local businesses to fight an increase in construction-site burglaries.

Sara Story, NBCDFW.com

Carrollton police are teaming up with local businesses to fight an increase in construction-site burglaries.

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Carrollton police are teaming up with local businesses to fight an increase in construction-site burglaries.

Sgt. Jack Adams said police have noticed an increase in thefts since the end of the spring.

"A lot of equipment is being left out. It's in open area," he said.

Adams said a lot of companies have been doing roofing, reconstruction and refurbishing work since the spring's storms.

"As a contractor, you do everything you can to help prevent it, but there is just no way to completely stop it," said John Weedon, a construction site superintendent.

Police said the thieves aren't picky about what they steal. A wide variety of equipment has been reported stolen, from 18-wheelers to hand tools.

"Sometimes you are surprised at what they can get away with," Weedon said. "A lot of the equipment we work with starts at 25 grand and up."

Local businesses have donated construction equipment to the police department, which uses it equipment to monitor theft activity.

"At times, we set that (the equipment) out and watch it ourselves and use cameras and other means to track down those that take the items and basically arrest them," Adams said.

He said he wants people to know police are keeping watch for thieves.

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