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Police say unlocked doors are to blame for rash of break-ins at off-campus U of L housing

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So far, there have been at least eight burglaries this month at The Bellamy, which is just off campus. So far, there have been at least eight burglaries this month at The Bellamy, which is just off campus.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There have been several break-ins at an off campus apartment complex since University of Louisville students returned to school few weeks ago and police say students are making a big mistake that is also making it easy for burglars.

Police say they're leaving their doors unlocked. 

So far, there have been at least eight burglaries this month at The Bellamy, which is just off campus.

"It had to happen like Saturday night because I came home and my laptop was missing out of my living room," said student Denaye Hylton, who is also a burglary victim. "There are no signs of forced entry, my doors were locked but my patio was open. So that's probably how they came in."

Once inside, Hylton said the burglar only got away with her laptop.

"Which really sucks for the school year starting because that's all of my information and all my classwork on it," said Hylton.

"I feel like it is common sense to use the alarms and lock your doors," said student Hallie Phelps.

Phelps locks her doors, but says one of her friends doesn't and had a break-in.

"Somebody broke into his room and stole his roommates Xbox and I guess the games and the controllers," Phelps explained, "And he felt like it was his fault because he left the door unlocked."

Meanwhile, The Bellamy's property manager told us by phone that every apartment has an alarm system -- and students should use them.

"I picked this place more than likely because they did involved the security alarms and the gate around the community but people are still being able to get in and steal our stuff," said Hylton.

Police and burglary victims suspect the burglars are getting onto the property through openings in the gate.

"My apartment is right here on the front line and there's actually zip ties holding the fence together right there and if you cut the zip tie...the hole is big enough for someone to climb through so that's probably definitely a way that they're getting in," said Hylton.

Right now, police are looking for more than one suspect in the case.

If you have any information, you can call the department's anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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