Tallahassee police work on cutting down the number of burglaries in the city

Police working to cut down on burglaries
Posted at 7:15 PM, Jan 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-29 15:49:48-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) --  Florida State University student Ian Lozano says his apartment was broken into during a Christmas break.

Ian Lazano says, "It is scary to know all someone has to do is kick in the door."

Lazano isn't the only person thieves are trying to take advantage of...

Tallahassee police say in the last six months they have responded to more than seventeen hundred burglaries.

That's nearly 10 a day.

Just yesterday Leon County Sheriff's deputies arrested three people on burglary related charges.

Police say the crooks are  targeting apartment complexes versus homes.

Officer David Northay from the Tallahassee police department says, "It is easier to go to five doors in an apartment complex than to five houses where you have to go to five separate places."   

Police are using the full power of their shield trying to cut down on the number burglaries.

Their using social media.

Northway says, "We have videos on Facebook and Youtube. People can watch with tips to protect themselves."  

Targeted patrols.

Northway says,  "Those officers are not undercover, but they are using unmarked vehicles to see what's going on in neighborhoods."

And their even getting their gang unit involved.

Northway says, "They are making connections with people in the community hoping those connections will make people comfortable enough to contact police if they see something catch the bad guys."