HOUSTON - Folks living in The Heights have had it with burglars jumping their fences to access homes and break into cars.

“We know that every home invasion, robbery, burglary of a residence is one instant closer to an aggravated assault in addition to robbery, to aggravated sexual assault and to a homicide and to a murder,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo one week ago.

Neighbors heard that warning and are now releasing their private home security video in hopes of an arrest before the crimes escalate to violence.

“Just elevated crime here, lots of break-in’s and stuff and so we thought it would be a good idea,” said Chris Christopher as he talked about his home surveillance system. Four cameras were installed when Christopher moved in to his Columbia Street home nearly four years ago.

“Yeah. It bothers us, watching the footage was disturbing,” said Christopher of 10 minutes worth of video captured Sunday around 1 a.m. In spite of motion-sensored security lights, and commercial-grade security cameras, two guys hopped a fence to gain access to Christopher’s garage. They stole about $5,000 worth of lawn equipment, a bike tools and a power washer.

The thieves also “went to each house and were trying to see if they could gain entry to the backyard,” said Christopher. “I mean, it resonates with me. You know, I’d like to see something happen. I would love to see some of the footage we got actually go to use. Create a case, or help a case.”