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Police are seeing a spike in home break-ins

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(10/03/12) - Police are seeing a spike in home break-ins and they need your help to catch the criminals.

The Bridgeport Township Police Chief says since Friday, at least six homes have been broken into.

A group hopes neighborhood watch signs will send a clear message to the thieves.

It's not just one specific area that's being targeted. Bridgeport Township Police Chief A.J. Navidonski told ABC12 News off-camera about the break-ins, but he didn't give specific locations.

"It's frightening because we know that break-ins are now being associated a lot more with violence to the people who live in the homes, so it's not a matter of losing personal possessions, it's also a potential loss of life or injury," said Earline Lucas, the vice president of Studor Heights Neighborhood Watch Group.

The group has been told that thieves struck some homes on Studor Road.

"There was a couple of break-ins going on down there and there was a couple of suspicious activities going on in that area and police was notified that things were going on in that area," said Terry Triplett, former president of the organization.

Chief Navidonski says the thieves usually strike when no one is home. He's urging the public to keep their eyes open and to attend neighborhood watch meetings.

"You can be part of the problem or part of the solution and we know that crime happens. If people are aware of the crimes that are happening, they can be proactive. They can work with their law enforcement in the area and together, it's a winning partnership," Lucas said.

"Our concerns for the neighborhood is making sure crimes and other things doesn't filter into our area," said Charles Lucas, the treasurer of the organization.

Navidonski says there are plenty of similarities in the cases.

He also says other Mid-Michigan counties are experiencing the same problem.

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