Even with a state-of-the-art security system complete with guard dogs, David Watkins with Weems Tree and Landscape Service in Tyler says they still got burglarized earlier this month.
He says thieves took about $5,000 worth of saws, blowers and other tools right off of the trucks parked in the yard.
Captain Roman Roberson with Kilgore Police says often times, it's not as complicated of a crime...
He says they see a rise in lawn equipment thefts during the spring and summer months.
"It's more of a crime of opportunity, a lot of folks go out and use yard equipment in their yard, leave it unattended, maybe go in and take a break or go inside...somebody going down the street can just hop out and take it," Roberson said.
Captain Roberson says if you have a riding lawn mower, keep it secure and don't leave the key in it.
He says even in broad daylight, they've had theives just drive away with them.