Allstate Insurance says the number of home burglary claims for its Texas customers jumped 9% in 2009. Here is the breakdown.
Home Theft Change from 2008 to 2009
Dallas-Fort Worth +7%
El Paso -16%
Rio Grande Valley +55%
San Antonio +6%
A survey of Texas police departments by the insurance company found flat screen televisions are typically the number one target in home burglaries, followed by laptops, jewelry and cash.
How does the crime go down? Police told Allstate the suspects have "shopping lists" of items to steal. They back into a victim's driveway and knock on the door. If no one answers, police say the bad guys kick in the door, take items and leave within a few minutes.
Where does it all go? Most items end up at an organized fencing operation where it is all transported to other cities, states and across the border.