N. Dallas Restaurants Want to Take Bite Out of Crime

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Friday, Jul 22, 2011  |  Updated 12:36 AM CDT
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Police are bolstering parking lot patrols after a rash of car burglaries in North Dallas parking lots.

Ellen Goldberg, NBCDFW.com

Police are bolstering parking lot patrols after a rash of car burglaries in North Dallas parking lots.

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A North Dallas restaurant owner says nine cars have been broken into in the past nine days.
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Police sat down with North Dallas restaurant owners to assure them officers are taking measures to crack down on car burglaries.

Police estimate there have been more than a dozen break-ins during the past month.

"We're fortunate we haven't had any problems," said III Forks general manager Chris Vogeli. "But all of our neighboring restaurants, they've had issues."

Surveillance cameras captured burglaries on tape in Maguire's parking lot on Monday afternoon.

"It's possible it's one or two people or a small group using different vehicles," Lt. Eric Webb said.

Webb said police are bolstering their parking lot patrols, adding undercover officers, bait cars and a sky watch tower to parking lots between Frankford and Belt Line roads off the Dallas North Tollway.

"The restaurant community is very concerned about the break-ins that have been going on," said Tracey Evers, general manager of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association.

But she said while the burglaries are not driving customers away.

"People are still going out to eat," she said. "They just need to be aware and think about what's in their cars."

Webb said while restaurants have been hit particularly hard, burglars have also broken into several cars in office complex and fitness center parking lots.


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