Burglary victim starts neighborhood watch program in Mission Bend

MISSION BEND, Texas - A rash of recent home burglaries has prompted a Mission Bend woman to start her own neighborhood watch program.

According to Fort Bend County records, more than a dozen Mission Bend homes have been burglarized in the last three weeks -- five in just one day.

"It's terrible," said Veronica Vasquez, whose home on Salida de Sol Dr. was burglarized Oct. 3. "My kitchen window glass was broken. They took my jewelry and money."

Vasquez said the burglary left her too traumatized to be at home alone.

"My neighbor Mary helped me," Vasquez said  "She stayed with me for one week because I was scared."

"She was just scared to death," Mary Stark said of Vasquez. "Just to see the destruction that was done -- it's sad."

But Mary Stark did more than comfort her neighbor.

"After this happened, we got concerned," Stark said. "We decided, 'Why don't we start our own neighborhood watch?'"

She started by putting signs on mailboxes around her block, encouraging neighbors to report anything suspicious.

"It kind of sounds like we're paranoid," Stark said. "And maybe we are, but we want to take care of our stuff."

Several victims who spoke with Local 2 said investigators were able to gather some evidence from their homes. However, it's unclear whether deputies believe those burglaries were all related.

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