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Crime Alert: Crooks are stealing flats screens

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When thieves break into a home they usually steal jewelry, money and video game systems. But the hottest item among thieves is large, flat screen televisions.

Consumers like HD TVs and it appears the crooks do to. Thieves have taken flat screens from homes recently in the Southampton neighborhood of south St. Louis where there were 12 break-ins in January. Police say victims sometimes advertise their big, HD televisions by keeping their curtains open at night where anyone passing by can look in and see their television and other possessions.

One of the best crime fighting tools is getting to know your neighbors. Police are urging Southampton residents and others to meet their neighbors and learn their routines so it's easier to know who does and doesn't belong and when it's time to call police.

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