Home surveillance video captures car burglary in Las Cruces

Since last month, Las Cruces police said, there have been more than 70 car burglaries reported around the city.

A car burglary was caught on surveillance camera video in a neighborhood in Las Cruces, after police said they’ve had more reports of auto burglaries throughout the city.

Since last month, police said, there have been more than 70 car burglaries reported around the city.

Today, many people in Las Cruces viewed this surveillance video on the Las Cruces community watch page on Facebook.

It shows a young male walking toward a car that is parked in the driveway.

Once the man sees that the car is unlocked, he goes inside it, turns on the light and begins to search for items he can take.

Today, we spoke with Jennifer Alvarez and neighbors who live near Sonoma Ranch and Metro Verde, where the video was taken.

"The people that are breaking into the houses, they could have guns. They could have anything and hurt somebody and, believe me, I own a weapon and I would be the one to protect my family first,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said the whole neighborhood is a stargazing area, and it usually very dark at night, making it hard to see anyone outside.

"I can see why people come out here to try to break in because there are no lights,” Alvarez said. "It really concerns me for me and my family. I get home late from work at night. There could be creepers, especially at the park.”

But just down the street, we found many homes with surveillance cameras set up outside the driveway and doorway.

One neighbor, who didn’t wish to appear on camera, said she recently moved into the neighborhood.

She said she had the cameras installed after her previous home and car were broken into.

"A little safe mindness because with the fact that we've been seeing so many of those people breaking into cars coming up to front doors ringing doorbells,” she said.

Today, we spoke with police officers who tell us there has been an increase this year in burglaries and car thefts.

Last year, there was 377 car burglaries reported compared to 439 car burglaries reported this year.

In 2016, there were 126 vehicle thefts reported. That number increased to 137 reports this year.

Police say an overwhelming number of car burglaries happen when people simply forget to lock their car doors.

Investigators say always remember to lock your doors, even if you live in a safe neighborhood.

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