Crime is on the rise in one small Texas city because the police department has been padlocked and the officers sent home.
The city of Alto laid off its entire police force about two weeks ago because the city council completely cut the department's budget.
"They put a bulls-eye target on law enforcement -- police department -- and police department only," police chief Charles Barron told CBS News.
"We had to do something drastic," Councilman Jerry Flowers explained to Forbes. "The police department being a non-money-making entity, was the easiest to get rid of while we catch our breath and build up some cash."
The city is facing a $185,000 budget deficit due to declining property and sale tax revenues. To make matters worse, the town hasn't saved up to make the necessary repairs to a natural gas distribution plant.