July 20, 2009 - 10:40 AM
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Public Safety officers are trying to stop a growing trend in Kalamazoo.
Home break-ins and burglaries are up 30 percent from 2008. Recently the big sprees have come from three areas; Forest Hills Apartments, Dover Hills Apartments and homes in the Vine neighborhood.
Newschannel 3 spoke with one security expert who says the thieves are getting more desperate.
"The economy the way it is, people losing their jobs, losing homes, unfortunately they're resulting in poor decisions," said Ben Tappenden of Knight Watch.
Tappenden says common sense things like keeping your doors locked and calling police if you see anything suspicious can help keep you from becoming a victim.
In some apartment complexes, people have even started their own neighborhood watch programs.