Crime Alert: Spike in Home Burglaries in Northwest Neighborhoods


It's a crime alert. Omaha police are tracking a cluster of neighborhoods after seeing a spike in home burglaries.

Matthew Irvine's home is among a group of six recently hit in the neighborhoods between 52nd to 72nd and Dodge to Blondo.

Irvine tell Channel Six the crooks broke his fence and then found an open window.

"Yeah they came in and took the screen off, came in and I found the screen sitting on the ground and the window was cracked," said Irvine.

He isn't the only one, two days earlier someone broke-in to his neighbor's home.

"They broke into the side window," said his next door neighbor.

Windows weren't the only means used to get inside.

Police say suspects got into homes by opening unlocked sliding glass doors.

"It's not saying you need to be all scared and worried, it's saying look, you need to be paying attention to what's going on in your neighborhood," said Bridget Fitzpatrick, Omaha Police Crime Prevention Specialist.

Irvine said his neighbors even saw the suspects in the act, but didn't make a call to police. It's instances like this, that have police encouraging anyone and everyone, after witnessing anything suspicious, to call 9-1-1.

To track crimes like these, visit crimemapping.com

Police are also urging people to follow Omaha Police on Facebook. The police department is using this social media site to put out crime alerts and other useful bits of information.


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