A surge in residential burglaries prompted some East Nashville neighbors, working with the Metro Police East Precinct, to take steps aimed at curbing the trend.
Police CompStat data shows that in the East Precinct, residential burglaries are up 22.4 percent over a one-year period from Sept. 6, 2009, to Sept. 4, 2010, compared with a similar 52-week period from Sept. 2008 to Sept. 2009.
Countywide, the numbers show a 12.1 percent increase in residential burglaries when comparing the last 52 weeks with the 52-week period prior to that.
In light of that, Cmdr. Bob Nash said his precinct is looking for “different levers to pull” to curtail the number of break-ins.
For starters, police and neighbors in East Nashville want to give burglars something to think about.
“I’ve heard detectives say, ‘If you can make a burglar stop and think for two seconds, he’s probably going to leave,’ ” said Bob Acuff, a leader of an East Nashville group that meets weekly to discuss crime and neighborhood issues.
So the East Precinct has come up with a property inventory sheet that participating residents will fill out with important information regarding their valuables for police detectives to keep on file and use to help solve cases as they occur.
Information such as an item description, model/serial number, identifying features and item value will be stored on file at the precinct. For items such as jewelry, which don’t have serial numbers printed on them, residents may photograph them and attach a photo to the file.
The net result could be two-fold. When police arrest burglars with stolen goods, residents may have their valuables returned to them, while police may be able to strengthen cases against burglars, particularly repeat offenders.
Those who register property with police will receive stickers similar to the kind security companies provide to display on doors.
The stickers show the Metro Police insignia and state, “My property listed with the police,” giving burglars reason to stop and think, police hope.
Sgt. Dan Ogren, community affairs officer for the East Precinct, said he expects to send out a mass email to residents Friday with the information and forms needed to participate.
Residents will be able to mail, hand deliver or email paper or electronic copies of the property inventory sheets to the East Precinct.
For more information, contact Ogren at 862-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.