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Louisville Metro Police helping public prepare for spike in crime

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Tools LMPD will be giving out to help citizens prepare for possible burglars. Tools LMPD will be giving out to help citizens prepare for possible burglars.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Warmer weather means more crime around Louisville and that's why Metro Police are trying to help you protect yourself from becoming a victim.

"Came home in the middle of the day on a Saturday and walked in a found, I think a brick on the couch," said Leila, burglary victim.

Leila doesn't want us to use her last name, but she did share the details of a break in at her home in the Germantown-Schnitzelburg neighborhood and how it made her feel.

"It's not pleasant finding little wet footprints next to your bed," Leila said.

She isn't the only victim, several of her neighbors' homes have also been burglarized.

"You know, we've heard about our next door neighbor and then two doors down and then, actually, my partner witnessed somebody trying to get into the house two doors down," said Leila.

Despite deterrents like block watch signs, it is a problem throughout LMPD's fourth division, includes Germantown-Schnitzelburg, Old Louisville and the south end.

"We have lots and lots of break ins," said Lt. Josh Judah. "Unfortunately in our division, we average around 20 break ins a week."

That's why the fourth is holding a community safety forum this week.

"We do it in the spring because that's generally when the crime starts to rise," said Lt. Judah.

The forum will be held on Tuesday evening at the Beechmont Community Center. In addition to giving out tips, police will be giving out safety tools.

"Motion activated cameras and various alarms, things that are going to help bolster that home defense," Lt. Judah explained.

"We've got a neighbor that has a security camera and a sign security system," said Leila.

Meanwhile, Leila and some of her neighbors have already taken steps to protect themselves and she says police have already started, too.

"A couple of weeks ago we got a little sticky on the door something that said don't leave anything visible in the car," Leila said.

"I think it is important that people take ownership and responsibility and help resolve problems before they become major problems," said Howard Rosenberg, Chairman Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.

Rosenberg is encouraging his neighbors to attend the Tuesday's meeting.

"Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, it is much better to educate people before the problem occurs," he said.

The public safety forum will be held on Tuesday night from 7 to 8:30 at the Beechmont Community Center.

Police are asking people to call, text, tweet and Facebook your friends and neighbors to tell them about the event.

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