Bump In Lansing Burglaries in 2008

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Imagine being a victim in your very own home.

"Someone forcibly enters the home or business establishment and steals something," said Lansing Police Chief Mark Alley.

It's those very crimes Lansing Police say caused a bump in burglaries in 2008, specifically in Southwest Lansing.

"When we're looking at the Southwest part of Lansing, a lot of the burglaries happening through back doors, people breaking into them," Alley said.

Alley says eight suspects were identified for a bulk of those burglaries that happened towards the end of last year.

"Once we had this number of people identified and in the criminal justice system, we saw almost an immediate decrease", Alley said.

The East Lansing Police Department saw similar crimes around the same time.

"Significant increase in occupied home invasions where the method of entry was through unlocked, sliding and patio doors windows," said Sgt. Scott Wriggelsworth of the East Lansing Police Department.

There was a pattern to the problems.

"Burglaries of residences, those happened during the day, burglary of businesses happened at night," Alley said.

Crimes of opportunity police call them.

"If the door hadn't have been open or the window would not have been open, I think these criminals would have went to the next house," Wriggelsworth said.

While officers can't specifically link these crimes to the economy, they say there's no doubt when times are tight trouble can come to your very doorstep.

"When you have people that aren't working then that no doubt has an impact,"Alley said.

"People are doing whatever they can do out there to either make their bills, pay their rent," Wriggelsworth said.

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