Recent Trailer Thefts Have Business Owner, Police Giving Tips to Prevent It

Published 07/02 2014 06:16PM

Updated 07/02 2014 10:28PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- After a few recent trailer thefts in Lubbock, a local business owner as well as Lubbock Police are both sharing their tips to keep it from happening to others.

Lubbock Police said they will often see crimes like this increase in the summer and that thieves will go for easy targets.

Recently, they put out a notice, looking for any information about a trailer theft from Lubbock Auto Auction around 8:30 p.m. June 24th. 

Before that theft, David Fleming had a trailer stolen from his property with about $5,000 worth of equipment. This was the third time he had a trailer stolen from his property, and the whole thing most recently in June was caught on his multiple surveillance cameras.

"You know, we had five cameras, everyone of them got a good look at him, but we just don't know who he is," Fleming said.

He put the images up online, and instead of getting any leads, he got multiple calls from other business owners, also saying they had recently had trailers stolen.

Fleming said since then, he's taken a few extra steps to try to protect his property.

"Since they stole that, we've added more cameras to the space here, and added better locks," Fleming said. "We've gone in and added some identifying numbers in places that people won't look, so if we actually do ever get another one stolen and get it back, you know, we can say look right here, and I can tell you what's on the back rear, or front wheel or where ever we put it."

Lubbock Police gave similar advice, saying to lock trailers up, put a lock on the hitch if you can to keep it from being able to be hooked up to a truck, or even putting a clamp on a tire.

"If you have something that's got a tandem axle, chain those back wheels together, just, you know, things like that, that you can do to prevent it from walking away," Sergeant Lewis said.

Sergeant Jason Lewis with Lubbock Police also recommends registering the trailer, even if it's homemade, with DPS.

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