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Tracking Burglaries and Thefts in Springfield Neighborhoods
Its a reminder to lock your doors: there were thousands of burglaries and thefts reported to Springfield Police over the last year. But there's a way to track the criminals.
When you type an address into CrimeReports.com, it may surprise you what appears. You can even look it up on your phone, to see criminals who've broken in nearby.
We found a street address where a breaking and entering just happened Friday morning--only a few houses down from where Sandy Dorney lives.
"It seems to be a pretty quiet neighborhood but you can't really trust that when you're not home or asleep," Dorney said.
In the last month, four other houses in this neighborhood have also fallen victim.
"It's probably just a group of kids that then get caught and then another group of kids come in," Springfield resident Chris Heck said.
But the issue can also be found on the other side of town.
Springfield Police said where burglaries happen is usually random and what they target is anything with value.
Over the last year the number of burglaries has slightly gone down, while the number of robberies is up. Thefts are still an issue, but more cases are coming forward.
"People are paying attention to what's happening in their neighborhood," Springfield Police Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher said. "We busted a couple groups who were out stealing copper, which I think helped immensely."
With the holidays approaching, it's a reminder to keep a watchful eye.
"I have extra light on my house so people can't hide in the shadows," Heck said.
So nothing suspicious pops up.
"The more aware you are that something has gone on in your neighborhood, it makes it easier for you to take care of yourself," Dorney said.