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Crime Tracker: Lexington sees summer spike in crime


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Police warn of a summer spike in crime and you could be setting yourself up to be the victim in some cases.

While 10 years in Lexington have proved to be pretty safe for P.J. Greinke, statistics show some crimes are on the rise.

Numbers comparing June to July of 2013 show a significant increase in robberies, auto thefts and larceny.

Burglaries were up 224 to 225 and overall crime increased 12.8% for that time period.

Year-to-year crime is down more than 12% and Lexington Police attribute this latest increase from June to July to a summer spike in crime.

One crime trend police see a lot of during the summer is what's called "garaging"

It's just what it sounds like.

Criminals look for garages that have been left open to gain entry into the home.

It's this type of crime of opportunity that former Lexington police officer, Don Evans, says can be avoided.

"The bad guys like to work in the warm weather, that's the bottom line," said Evans. "You can become a target if you're not careful."

As for Greinke, even though she personally hasn't been touched by crime, she's taking steps to keep it that way.

"I lock the doors and keep them closed at night- just seems like a prudent thing to do," she said.

Lexington Police say 50-percent of auto thefts in Lexington occurred when people left their keys in their cars.

According to the Commonwealth's attorney, Ray Larson, more than $10 million worth of property has been stolen so far in 2013.


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