It's a statistic no one wants to be. Numbers we obtained from Lexington Police show crime in the city jumped last month; especially crimes that could impact your family. Those include car breakins and even home burglaries.
Lexington Police say it happens this time every year. They blame the warmer weather and kids out of school.
"Burglaries are up," explained a candid don Evans, a retired police officer. "Auto thefts---we're seeing a spike in that."
We broke down the numbers given to us from Lexington Police. They show us that in May of this year, there were 189 burglaries; 841 larcenies, meaning all other thefts; and 80 auto thefts.
Those crimes went up across the board, about 23-percent, in June of this year. The numbers provided by Lexington Police show 247 burglaries, 879 larcenies and 98 auto thefts.
Lexington Police argue overall crime rates have dropped from 2011 to 2012.
But when we compared June of this year to June of last year, we only saw a decrease in burglaries from last year to this year. The numbers also show 62 more larcenies this June than last and more than double the auto thefts.
Here are those numbers again:
80 Auto Thefts
98 Auto Thefts
40 Auto Thefts
Law enforcement agencies say part of the problem is repeat offenders getting out of the slammer.
"If those people hit the street and go back to what they were doing before, you'll see an increase," Don Evans said.
Evans says in order to keep our families and neighborhoods safe, those in the community need to just pay attention.
"It is the same stuff," Don Evans said. "Got to make sure your doors are locked. Watch your neighbor's home. Lots of people are on vacation this time of year. Make sure your neighbor knows and call the police if you see anything or suspect anything."
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