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New Bait Apartments Trap Would-Be Burglars
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New Bait Apartments Trap Would-Be Burglars

Metro Police say the number of home burglaries is down in the northwest part of town because of a new tactic – bait apartments.

Like bait cars used to catch would-be car thieves, bait apartments are wired with cameras that catch would-be burglars in the act. Metro’s northwest area command says burglaries are down 13 percent because of the apartments. Detectives don’t just set up cameras, they also place GPS on electronics that are commonly stolen and sold to pawn shops.

"The biggest impact we've noticed is sometimes that information does leak out that we, as law enforcement, are setting up this bait apartment,” property crimes detective Aaron Lee said.  “It actually decreases crimes for the mere fact that we, as law enforcement, are in the community."

Detective Lee says homeowners can help protect themselves by writing down all the serial numbers on important items. If an item is stolen and taken to a pawn shop, there is a chance it can be recovered. Pawn shops must record serial numbers.

Metro police explained the program to detectives from around the country gathered at a conference on property crimes at the Suncoast Casino Tuesday.

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