A Lake Highlands neighborhood is on high alert after a crime spree that included burglaries and a driveway armed robbery.
The established area is filled with families that have known each other for generations. However, crime has increased and the Lake Highlands Estates Neighborhood Association is putting the community on guard.
A husband, wife and two children were robbed at gunpoint Monday evening as they pulled into their alley driveway.
On Christmas eve, an association member said two homes were burglarized in broad daylight.
"I just saw the e-mail today as a matter of fact so it's certainly alarming," said Mike Brothers who lives in Lake Highlands with his wife and two dogs. "It's too bad it has to happen in a neighborhood like this because it's one of the reasons why we like it," he said.
Don Ragan, who's lived in Lake Highlands since 1967 said he's not planning on leaving. "I don't know why they've picked this neighborhood but I do know we have policeman who live here," said Ragan. "I know most all of us have a weapon available," he said.
The neighborhood association suggests people install security cameras, lights to highlight dark alleyways and/or motion detectors to turn on the lights.
Lake Highlands is the same area where serial rapist Cesar Benitez confessed to kicking in doors and raping several woman. DNA linked him to those rapes as well. His trial date is expected some time next year.
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