The arrest of a man wanted for a string of home burglaries last year, and the recent spate of carjackings last week, is proof positive that even though we live in a safe city, you need to be aware of your surroundings.

U.S. Marshals arrested Eduardo Soliz this week for burglaries he committed last year in El Paso and Socorro. Soliz is also accused of impersonating a Las Cruces police officer. He broke into five homes in just three days in March of last year in the Socorro area, taking things like power tools, TVs, jewelry, and even a woman's birth certificate.

In October, he allegedly impersonated a police officer by flashing a gold police badge to a woman standing in her driveway. She told investigators Soliz asked her if she knew her neighbors. He then told her to go inside her home and stay there.

Police warn that in some cases, burglars might stake out your neighborhood to look for signs of peopl not being home. They say to make sure that all doors and windows in your home are locked, and if you are going out of town, arrange for someone to pick up your mail and newspapers. You should also put lights on a timer so burglars think someone is inside.

We do live in a safe city, but make sure you do your part and be aware of your surroundings at all times.