SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - A string of burglaries in the Sulphur area is leaving residents concerned and wanting answers.
Police Chief Lewis Coats says detectives are actively working what he calls two separate issues in the Sulphur and Maplewood area.
Both issues are burglaries, one residential, the other vehicles.
The residential burglaries are concentrated to the daytime hours when offenders know the home owners aren't home. Most of vehicle burglaries reported were vehicles left unlocked.
While rumors are swirling that up to 80 total burglaries have taken place, Chief Coats says the numbers should not alarm residents.
He said 80 is the total number of burglaries in the last two to three months, and the numbers aren't much different than last year. In December of 2010, the Sulphur police department reported 48 burglaries and last month they reported just over 50.
Mayor Chris Duncan urges the community to pay attention to their surroundings.
"The thing that we can stress the most is community awareness," said Duncan. "If you see that strange vehicle pull up in the driveway, don't hesitate - make that phone call to the PD or to 911 saying my neighbor has a strange vehicle in their driveway. Because they could be backing into the driveway - they go to kick in the backdoor. They ransack the house. They could be in and out in less than five minutes."
Chief Coats urges residents to think before posting on Facebook. Don't post when you will be leaving your house or where you will be going. Make sure your vehicles are always locked.