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Police: December is a busy time for burglaries, tips to keep your home safe

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thieves are looking for easy targets around the holidays and police have some tips to keep them from being successful.

LMPD records show there have been more than 4,700 burglaries in Louisville so far this year.

Sgt. Chris McMichael works in LMPD's second division on what's called the impact unit.

"It's a small team of guys, we're in plain clothes, unmarked cars and that's all we do is burglaries," he explained.

The area he covers includes several West Louisville neighborhoods like Shawnee, Chickasaw and Parkland. He says a couple years ago there were so many burglaries in this part of the city, their major decided to dedicate a unit to fighting that crime.

"Last year we were down 24 percent, and this year, we're down a little also," McMichael said. "We'll wait 'til the end of the year to find out what that exactly is

The unit has gotten results and several other LMPD divisions also show fewer residential burglaries this year compared to last.

But they're still happening across the city. LMPD uses crimemapping.com, a website that shows what areas have been targeted and when.

"December is a busy month for burglaries," McMichael points out.

McMichael says there are easy steps people can take to keep intruders out. He says criminals often try and use the back door, so make sure that it's as secure as the front.

You can also leave a light on, stop the mail and, if you trust your neighbors, let them know you'll be gone.

Sgt. McMichael says it's important to to be careful when discarding boxes from Christmas presents too.

"Cut your boxes up and put them in a black bag," he said. "Don't leave it outside."

McMichael says you shouldn't let criminals know about the electronics you've recently unwrapped. So get rid of the cut up boxes directly, instead of letting them sit in a garbage or recycling bin.

Sgt. McMichael is also asking community members to be vigilant.

If you see something suspicious, contact police.

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