Grand Prairie Neighborhood Fights Against Burglars

Hidden Creek residents strengthen their neighborhood watch after two burglaries

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    Residents in the Hidden Creek subdivision in Grand Prairie want the public's help catching three men who broke into two homes last week, they were caught on surveillance cameras in the area near Duncan Perry Road and Eqyptian Way. (Published Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013)

    Residents of a Grand Prairie neighborhood are on a mission to find a group of burglars.

    Last week, three men broke into two homes in the Hidden Creek subdivision near Duncan Perry Road and Egyptian Way.

    Police said the surveillance video captured the men fleeing the scene on Jan. 9.

    Spencer Friedl said he watched the burglars make their getaway. He said he "couldn't believe what was happening -- in this broad daylight."

    "Right in the middle of the day this happened," he said. "They took off so fast, I turned right down this road and, because there is a big main road up there, I didn't want to cause an accident, so I just backed off at that point."

    Residents put up numerous signs that read "video monitoring in this area" about six months ago in an attempt to prevent future burglaries.

    "People are fed up. We work hard for what we have, and we want to be able to maintain what we have and not have somebody else steal those things," said resident Rob Williams.

    He also said more than 185 homes make up the Hidden Creek subdivision, and street captains keep a close watch on every street.

    Last year, the police department saw a 28 percent drop in burglaries, the biggest drop in the department's history. But many residents living in the Hidden Creek community said they feel like that statistic doesn't apply to them.

    "I've lived in this house, this neighborhood for 11 years, and I would think about five or six times a year I would get hit," Friedl said.

    Friedl and his neighbors said they're working with police and hope the criminals are brought to justice soon.

    Police is asking that anyone with information to call 972-988-TIPS. There is up to a $1,000 reward.