CHARLOTTE -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Crime Prevention officers said a simple trip to the home improvement store could help cut down on home break-ins.
They said those stores normally stock inexpensive door jams, braces and stops. Officer Tony Crawford said their visual presence alone have deterred people from breaking and entering.
He said overall crime is down but cases of residential breaking and entering in Charlotte have increased since this time last year. “We are getting more home break-ins especially through the rear doors,” Crawford said.
He cited the warmer weather as having a lot to do with the uptick.
"There are a lot of youth who are out and about and just people out and about, we don't want to say youth particularly,” said Crawford. “But it seems that more youth are starting to get into more home break-ins than before.”
Home break-ins are up nearly four percent from this time last year. Areas like north and east Charlotte are having the biggest increase.