Would-be intruders into the Blanco Bowling Club got a surprise when their break-in attempt caused an alarm to sound. The suspects tried to pry open a rear door on Monday morning, January 10, and triggered the alarm.
City council member and local handy man Al Turner was working on installing the replacement door later Monday morning. He noted that, while there have been two burglary attempts recently, one of which was at On The Square, the number of burglaries in the city has dropped.
“The visibility aspect of the police department is working,” Turner said. With officers monitoring the city 24 hours a day and patrolling the streets in well-marked police cars, potential criminals don’t feel as safe committing crimes.
In 2010, Blanco PD received 24 reports of burglaries. 10 reports for burglary of a building, eight for burglary of a habitation, and six for burglary of a vehicle. In the past four months, five burglaries were reported — two in September, and one each in the following three months.
“The police department has come a long way in the past few months,” Turner said. He reported that officer training is moving forward and that, as more officers get trained, the police coverage will get even better.
Turner himself is a former police officer. “I know what officers go through,” he said. Now on the city council, Turner is the police department liaison.
The police can’t catch everyone, he noted, and reminded the public that they have to help themselves. The alarm at the Blanco Bowling Club worked, he said. Properly locking windows and doors also help. Many older windows may have non-functioning locks, making it easier for someone to enter the house.
Privacy fences, while providing privacy to the homeowners, also provide privacy to thieves.
Turner also pointed out that Blanco is a hub in the Texas Hill Country. With US Highway 281 through the heart of town, and quite a few larger cities so close, Blanco could be seen as a target to potential criminals passing through.
Turner sees it as one of his jobs as a council member to make sure the police department and city are ready, and that citizens can feel safe in their own homes.
“It’s coming,” Turner warned.