WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Home break-ins are hitting neighborhoods all over West Springfield.
Police say in November there were 22 break-ins reported and in December there have been 8, including one at the home of ABC40 Reporter, Mike LaCrosse.
“People will do anything for money this time of year. You always have the consistent drug problem. People need to steal to support their habit,” said West Springfield Captain Thomas Wilkinson.
Jewelry, TV’s, laptops and video game systems are the prime targets for robbers.
“They are looking to get in and out very quickly so it’s things they can pick up and conceal,” said Wilkinson.
Police say people should lock their doors and windows. Also, close your blinds and cut up boxes for big ticket items to avoid attracting thieves.
“It’s like a beacon…you just bought a new TV so you might be putting yourself in a position, you might be a victim,” said Wilkinson.
“I had two bikes stolen, but they caught the kids that did it and I got reimbursed for them,” said Diane Crowell.
Crowell is chair of the Precinct 1 and 2 Committee. The group discusses home breaks and other crimes and ways to keep their neighborhood safe.
Being active also helps deter criminals.
“It pays to look out for your neighbors to talk to your neighbor see what’s going on see who is on your street,” said Crowell.
Taking photos of your items and writing down serial numbers can also help in tracking down your stolen goods.