In 2015, Wichita Falls Police say 110 home burglaries have been reported from January 1st, 2015 to March 15, 2015. That is down slightly from 2014, during that same time period. Police said 120 cases were reported from January 1st, 2015 to March 15, 2014.
That number has since increased following an armed burglary Saturday at the Parkway Villas Apartments.
Wichita Falls Police officers are still searching for the suspects involved. They were called to a home in the 4800 block of Brookdale at the Parkway Villas Apartments at 8:20 p.m.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victims who said that they heard a knock at the door. After opening the door, one of the victims was struck in the head. Both victims were then tied up, according to Wichita Falls Police.
Three to five suspects entered into the apartment, and at that time the suspects began taking items from the apartment, according to police. Those items included shoes and a video game console.
The suspects left the apartment out of a window and then fled in a maroon colored Ford Focus. The suspects were described as Hispanic males between the ages of 16-20, wearing all black clothing.
Two of the suspects were wearing masks. One of the suspects, not wearing a mask, was described as having shaggy hair and a thin mustache, according to police. A second suspect was described as skinny, even haircut and mustache.
During the course of the burglary the suspects displayed a box cutter and an unknown type of handgun. No injuries were reported.
Wichita Falls police say people do not plan for a home to be burglarized. But there are steps you can take to prepare for the worst.
One website is aiming to protect your belongings in that worst case scenario. The website is www.reportit.leadsonline.com.
It's a free way the Wichita Falls Police help you keep track of any purchased items you have. You can create your own personal private log in. Your private page is not viewable to the general public, but it's a way to keep track of serial numbers, model numbers, and pictures.
If your home is burglarized and items are stolen, you can use that private page to report your items stolen, according to police. By using the website it can ultimately lead to items recovered.
But another important way to stay safe is to know your surroundings, and your neighbors.
"You need to know your neighbors," said Wichita Falls Sergeant Harold McClure. "Talk to them, get familiar with them. You need to get comfortable with them and kind of build a rapport with them. That way you're looking out for one another," said McClure.
McClure said building those friendships among neighbors are important and would help alert them in the case of burglary. He said starting a community watch program around your neighborhood or apartment complex could help prevent those crimes and thefts from occurring.
McClure said that was the case in the burglary Saturday night. An individual noticed suspicious behavior and acted fast by taking cell phone photos of the crime scene.
"That's a perfect example," said McClure. "Right now they're looking out for one another. Now when I say looking out for one another I'm not saying intervene, you never want to put yourself at risk."
The photos have become key pieces of evidence for police. That is just one way to keep an eye on your neighbors, something that could ultimately lead to fewer crimes on the street.
"It's up to the individual, it's up to the individual circumstance to determine," said McClure. "It's a wise idea to do something like that, in this case, take a picture."
Police said it doesn't appear the victims were chosen at random. If you have any information about this crime you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 322-9888.