A series of suburban Dallas home robberies in recent weeks has forced residents to be watchful, talk to neighbors, and rethink their security, reports the Dallas Morning News. Police believe the crimes are connected. Thieves targeted nine homes, walking into unlocked houses or garages and leaving with a cache of jewelry, money, ATM cards, and personal identification numbers. Lt. Mike Genovesi, who supervises Dallas’ robbery unit, said there have been no spikes in home invasion robberies recently. The rash of suburban home invasions has taken a psychological toll on residents. “Your home is your sanctuary,” said Chris McGoey, who runs McGoey Security Consulting, based in California. “It’s the only place in the world you feel safe, and now you have someone violating that. It creates a lot of psychological damage. You’ll always remember this.”
Colleyville, Tx., police Detective David Martz said unlocked doors are common among residents because home invasions are rare locally. “There is a false sense of security out here,” he said. “They’re convinced that this would never happen in their community because it hasn’t happened in their community. But in this day and age, crime can happen anywhere.” Three Colleyville home invasions Oct. 11 were the city’s first since 1997. During the robberies, which took place within a 40-minute period, the thieves wore black clothes and brandished a handgun.