Des Moines Burglaries On The Rise - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Burglaries On The Rise

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By: Claire Powell
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Within the last 48 hours, the metro has seen dramatic increase in home burglaries and police say some of them could have been prevented.

From midnight on Sunday through Wednesday night, twenty-four burglaries have happened just in the Des Moines area. 

All sorts of neighborhoods are being hit just like the four houses on Oaklyn Drive and Lindlavista Way that are only two blocks apart. 

"At some of these places, they've been hitting during the daytime hours when no one is home," said Sgt. Jason Halifax, Des Moines Police Department. 

Police say in the summer it's easy to forget to lock your house and put things away.

"Sometimes when the weather is nice, it's easier to forget that you have your garage door up or your windows are open, both are very easy access points providing very little resistance so we see that a little bit and have seen that as well in the last couple of months," said Halifax.

A neighbor said that the Oaklyn-Lindlavista neighborhood has always been quiet and not the type of place to expect burglaries. But the police say that they are doing what they can with their defense team that looks into each burglary case separately. 

"We'll send the officers to those areas to hopefully pick up different people or cars moving who aren't normally in the area, go through what they go through, to further the burglary cases and investigations," said Halifax. 

Police believe that the four burglaries on Tuesday were related but they are not sure about the rest of the break-ins at this time.

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