Harrisonburg Sees Decrease in Residential Break-ins

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- In Harrisonburg, typically the holiday season means more home break-ins, especially in off-campus apartments when a majority of students are gone.

Harrisonburg police said there were 58 home break-ins in 2012; however, this past winter season there were only 41.

Sgt. Jason Kidd with the Harrisonburg Police Department said they did some things more efficiently in 2013.

One change was working with the JMU Police Department.

Also, police spoke with students and property managers at student housing complexes about the home break-ins during the holiday holiday season.

"That way we are keeping everyone informed on how to prevent crime, to become a less likely target for these burglaries such as making sure they lock their doors, take home valuables and make sure they don't leave valuables in front of a window where people can easily see inside the apartment," said Kidd.

In recent years they have had more patrols present in traditional college housing areas, according to Kidd.

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