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Residents Banding Together to Crack Down on Crime

Cpl. Jerry Neufeld, APD Cpl. Jerry Neufeld, APD

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - A spike in crime is expected around Amarillo over the next few months. Police say they won't be surprised if it's as much as 30% more than other times of the year.

They're expecting crimes in neighborhoods to increase, especially since it's warmer weather so people will be outside later into the night.

Another reason is that kids will be out for the summer, so they'll be staying out later as well.

Cpl. Jerry Neufeld with APD says, "Increase in thefts. There's more people out so that means there's gonna be more burglaries. There's more alcohol involved. Warmer weather gets people to drink more. Increases different criminal activities. Fights, neighborhood disputes, things like that."

To put it into perspective.. In January of 2009, apd dealt with 516 larceny thefts... In August, that jumped to 800.

They say one of the best ways to prevent that crime is to make your house look lived in while your on vacation, doing things like have neighbors pick up your newspaper, set your lights on a timer, that sort of thing.

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