Security increased after U of M fraternity house break-ins

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - University of Memphis and Memphis Police have stepped up patrols in the area immediately west of the main campus after at least five fraternity houses were burglarized.

Police believe the same suspects probably hit the Kappa Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Pi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon houses within a two-day period.

At least four of the burglaries happened over the holidays while no one was home.  The series of crimes began in mid-November.

Freshman Hunter Black said he fears being inside when someone decides to break in.

"It's scary," said Black.  "Someone could, you know, stab or shoot you."

A Memphis Police cruiser was on the block Friday in an area patrolled by both city and university police.

The suspects have gotten away with everything from game consoles and televisions to cell phones and iPods.

"We've had like four flatscreen TVs, two projection, speakers," said fraternity member Taylor Vance.  "They'll take anything."

Vance and his fraternity brothers use a code on a keypad to get into their house.  They were unsure how the burglars entered.

Police said it has been a common practice by some frats to leave doors and windows unlocked.

University police had a line on one possible suspect.  But so far, there have been no arrests.

If you have any information about the burglaries, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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