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Recent crime has Belleville alderman speaking out

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Police vehicles parked outside the Belleville police station (Credit: KMOV) Police vehicles parked outside the Belleville police station (Credit: KMOV)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Car break-ins and home burglaries have almost become the norm in one Metro East community.

Recently released call logs reveal Belleville police have responded to about eight home burglaries and 10 car break-ins across the city.

Alderman Phil Elmore said his ward on the east side of Belleville has specifically seen a rash of crimes, and he’s frustrated.

“People do have to lock their cars, people do have to close their garage doors,” said Elmore. “Crimes happen and they’re frustrating and in this ward because of the residents, arrests happen too.”

One of the victims of a home burglary shared her surveillance video exclusively with News 4. She said her home was broken into and the suspects got away with two guns.

Elmore said he's disturbed that guns are potentially in the hands of criminals, but said crime won’t be tolerated.

They’ve formed at least eight neighborhood watch groups and several homeowners have installed security cameras.

“There’s a very good chance you’re going to be on surveillance cameras first,” said Elmore. “Secondly, we have a lot of people walking dogs, we have a lot of people watching the neighborhood, these neighborhood watch people are long-time homeowners and they will take it very seriously and they do a very good job with calling the police department in doing their part as a citizen.”

Police said they have arrested multiple juveniles who they believe are behind some of these break-ins. 

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