(KMOV) -- Two recent home invasions beg the question if home burglaries are on the rise for this year compared to 2010.
Police say burglaries are up 5.5 percent in St. Louis this year.
City police have investigated 6,682 burglaries from January 1 through December 14. During the same time frame last year, there were 6,328.
Police say even though these crimes are up for the year, they’re actually down for the month. However, in the past couple of weeks armed home invasions have increased.
To combat the robberies, officials say they have pumped up police patrols in residential and commercial areas just in time for the holidays.