Thieves are striking it rich this holiday season.
So far this month, more than 350 homes have been burglarized citywide.
Now, Cleveland Police are fighting back with squads targeting burglars.
The five fingered shoppers even broke into the home of Cleveland Councilman Jay Westbrook. The area with the highest crime rate is the Fourth District, Cleveland's southeast side. The second district is close behind on the city's west side.
Cleveland Police have now deployed special teams of investigators targeting burglaries in every district
The squads have been most effective in the fifth district, located on the far east side of Cleveland.
The squads have brought in 52 arrests including some juvenile.
Cleveland Police are asking residents to fight back as well. They are asking residents to lock their doors and watch for shady people.
Tips to Make Your Home Safe and Secure
- Install good locks on doors and windows.
Don't hide keys in mailboxes, planters or under
doormats. Instead, leave an extra set of keys with a
neighbor or friend.
- Ask for photo identification from service or delivery
people before letting them in. If you are the least bit
worried, call the company to verify.
- Be sure your street address number is large, clear of
obstruction, and well-lighted so police and other
emergency personnel can find your home quickly.
- Consider a home alarm system that provides emergency
monitoring for burglary, fire, and medical emergencies.
If You Live In An Apartment
- Make sure entry door has a deadbolt lock and wide angle
- Sliding glass doors have a wooden rod or metal brace in
the tracks so it can't be opened and pins in the overhead
frame so it can't be lifted out.
Please remember that when you leave home for any reason:
- To check your doors and windows and make sure that they are properly secured.