Burglars have turned up the heat on homeowners this summer.
Small and large groups are canvassing neighborhoods, knocking on doors and kicking them in when no one answers, stealing jewelry, weapons, electronics and cash.
Nowhere is that more evident than in Euless, where from Jan. 1 through June 1, 171 homes were burglarized. That's compared with 89 in the same period last year.
"Almost every day we're getting reports," Euless police Lt. Eric Starnes said. "They're not in homes more than a couple of minutes."
To help curb the increase, police are encouraging residents to call 911 about anything suspicious in their neighborhoods.
"If you notice a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood, call police," Euless police Capt. Gary Landers said. "If there's someone you don't know in the neighborhood, call police."
Every year, more than 2 million homes are burglarized in the United States, making it one of the most recurring felonies, according to the FBI.
Burglars generally hit homes the most during the summer months when families are on vacation and leave their residences unattended for days.
Euless hasn't been alone with the problem this year.
The number of burglaries has been steady in Fort Worth this summer, but increases were noted in June in the Park Glen neighborhood, officials said.
On Friday in Hurst, a burglar kicked in a rear door to a home in the 800 block of Forest Crossing Drive, but he didn't go in because the homeowner screamed, scaring him away, according to a police report.
The report said two people were involved in the break-in, one who kicked in the door and another who waited in a white sport utility vehicle down the street.
No one had been arrested as of Wednesday.
"This is a problem all over Northeast Tarrant County," Hurst police Sgt. Craig Teague said Wednesday.
Police say the burglars are looking for small, expensive items they can convert into cash to feed drug habits.
One Euless resident said he grabbed a handgun when a burglar broke into his apartment this year.
"I told him 'Stop,' and he said 'Please, don't shoot me,'" said the resident, who asked that his name not be used because the burglar has not been arrested. "I caught my breath and he ran. I didn't fire at him."
Domingo Ramirez Jr.,