Home Break-Ins On the Rise

OCTOBER 13, 2005--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO-- If you live on the North Side of Jonesboro, it's likely that you or someone you know has been a victim of burglary.
A rapid increase in home break-ins is causing concern for Jonesboro police.
"You have some right at the edge of city limits, some in the county so we're combining with the sheriff's department and working these particular burglaries," Lt. Rick Elliot of the Jonesboro Police Department says.
An increase of burglaries in the last couple of months have both forces on their toes ...
"We're seeing suspects taking bricks or rocks and smashing windows. Once they're inside, they're taking jewelry, money ... Anything of value," Lt. Elliot says.
They aren't coming at night but ...
"During the daytime, during the working hours when most people are gone," Sgt. Steve McDaniel says.
And they usually don't come in the front door ...
"These burglaries are happening with someone coming in from the rear of the house or entering from the back," Sgt. McDaniel says.
Police recommend keeping your doors locked and visible.
They say that it's important to keep plants or tree limbs clear of the doorway so that neighbors can keep an eye on your home.
"The people in the neighborhood are the best resources to allow us to know where we need to be and when we need to be there," Sgt. McDaniel says.
A Neighborhood Watch is something police say is effective, and they suspect these cases are related, so one crack in this case could make all the difference.
"Let us know, let us investigate. That one tip could solve a lot of cases," Lt. Elliot says.
"Don't be afraid to call the police. That's what we do, we answer calls, and we love to catch criminals," Sgt. McDaniel says.

If you would like to start a Neighborhood Watch in your area or have any details in this case, call the Jonesboro Police Department at 935-5553.