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Be on the lookout for burglaries this holiday season, police say

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - This holiday season, police are urging you to take the necessary steps to protect your property.  Twenty-four hours a day, John Harvey and his team at the Memphis Police Department's Real Time Crime Center keep a watchful eye out for residential burglaries.

"One of the problems we have is that we arrest the same guy over and over again," Harvey said Wednesday. "Until the law gets changed so that these repeat offenders are held longer, we're going to continue to have a crime problem."

With holiday season rapidly approaching, Harvey believes the number of home burglaries will rise.

"We usually have a spike in crime, but with the tactics we're developing and citizens working with us, we think we're getting a better handle on it," he said.

According the Memphis Police Department, there were 251 residential burglaries reported in the past week, 987 incidents reported in the past month, and 8,668 incidents the past 10 months.

Authorities claim there are over 1,200 fewer burglaries in 2009 when compared to this time in 2008.

"With burglaries that occur in the northern, southern, and southeastern sections, most of the burglaries occur within a mile and a half from where the person who committed the burglary lives," Harvey said.

But Harvey added there are some things people can do to protect their home.

"You want to keep it lit," he said. "You want to keep the hedges trimmed back.  Don't make it some place where burglars can go in the undercover of night."

Police are encouraging residents to get involved by becoming a part of neighborhood watch groups in their communities.

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