Burglars to Get an Earful from VictimsBy Home Security Source 4/22/2010 | 10:41:41 amPosted in: Burglary & Loss Prevention, Family, Home, Personal Safety
The city of Indianapolis is taking an innovative approach to reducing home burglaries that will, among other things, allow victims to tell convicted burglars just how painful it is to lose valuable –often irreplaceable – items.
The program is part of a new anti-crime strategy, known as Operation Home Invasion, that will require 200 convicted paroled burglars to attend an event at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department training academy.
There, the crooks will be told that the city will help them stay away from crime by directing them to faith-based groups that can help locate jobs, housing or battle substance-abuse problems.
They will also get an earful from some victims of burglary. One woman planning to attend the event said her family home has been invaded three times by burglars – even twice on the same day.
She and her husband said they lost irreplaceable items such as belongings of their grandparents and children. The couple is still haunted by fear burglars will return.
"If in this group of 200 people, we can stop a couple of people, that's dozens and dozens of burglaries," said the re-entry coordinator for the city’s Public Safety Department.
A monitored security alarm system is still a good idea to help keep those repeat offenders out of your home.
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