Safecracking Returns in Texas; Dallas Reports 165 Safe Burglaries This Year


Safes aren't so safe these days in Texas, says the Dallas Morning News. Bandits have been breaking into safes or stealing them outright from businesses. The problem is so pervasive that Dallas police have created a safe burglary task force and have been working with other area agencies to battle the onslaught. “I don't think you could name a city that borders Dallas that hasn't been hit,” said Deputy Chief David Pughes. “It's groups of individuals who have decided that this is their crime of choice. It's very lucrative and obviously what's driving it right now is that they've had a lot of success.”

Dallas police recorded more than 165 business safe burglaries through the first half of 2013. Thieves have swiped more than $500,000 in cash and caused at least $390,000 in damage. “This is a very hot topic,” said Sgt. Kevin Perlich, a Richardson police spokesman. The safes range from easily removed cash boxes to bigger bolted-down ones. Thieves typically crudely bludgeon their way inside the safe or simply cart them away to be opened later. It isn't high-tech Mission Impossible work. Thieves have hit car dealerships and an upscale Mexican restaurant. Break-ins often happen overnight. Thieves typically wear gloves and masks and force their way in using crowbars and sledgehammers. Often they are in and out with their loot in minutes.

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