Monday, November 29, 2010

Car burglaries up at area malls

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010, 10:42 PM CST
Published : Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010, 10:42 PM CST

KXAN (AUSTIN) - Car burglaries are up at the three main traditional malls in Austin compared to the same time last year.

Those three malls include Lakeline, Highland and Barton Creek Malls.

According to the crime database on the APD crime statistics website , the highest increase in car burglaries is at Barton Creek Square Mall where there have been around 20 since October 1st compared to the same time period last year where there were just five.

Lakeline Mall has had 14 car burglaries since October 1st, compared to about 5 the same time period last year.

Highland Mall has had 13 so far this year, compared to 11 the same time last year.

"I go to Barton Creek Mall the most," said Tracy Bennett. "It's pretty surprising that it's the worst."

While car burglaries are up, overall thefts are down at all three malls compared to the same seven week time period.

Barton Creek Mall dropped from 56 to 34.

Lakeline Mall dropped from 26 to 23.

Highland Mall dropped from 34 to 17.

KXAN also checked the data for the entire year.

Barton Creek had nearly double the number of overall thefts compared to the other two malls, 298, between November 23rd 2009 and November 23rd 2010.

Lakeline Mall had about 157 and Highland Mall had about 134.

"It's not like I don't feel safe at Barton Creek or anything," said Bryan Barksdal. "But I may be a little more observant now that I know this."

"I think I would definitely be more observant about it," said Bennett.? "But I don't think it's really anything to be alarmed about."

Black Friday shopping begins early this Friday.



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