Property crime on the rise

By Megan Wehring 

KYLE — The city of Kyle did not make the list of Texas’ 50 safest cities in 2020 — it ranked 73.

Buda was ranked at 66, San Marcos at 191 and Austin at 232, according to a Safewise report that utilizes FBI crime data. Police encourage residents to be mindful of their surroundings as burglaries and theft are on the rise. 

“We would want to remind people that when you are not actively outside to close all the doors and secure property,” said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett.

A most recent incident occurred on Four Seasons Farm off West Farm to Market 150 in Kyle. 

Police responded to a physical disturbance call at approximately 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. Responding deputies were advised that residents Ryan Goza and Courtney Goza were about to leave their residence until they discovered that their daughter’s bicycle was missing from their yard. The entire incident was captured on the Goza’s home surveillance system. 

The Goza’s also witnessed suspect Christian Jiron, 28, stealing from the garage of another family in their neighborhood. Jiron was arrested on theft and burglary of habitation charges, along with two existing warrants. 

“We are grateful that they had a home security system and were very observant,” Barnett said. 

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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