Keeping track of crime areas is key to preventing thefts

Keeping track of crime areas is key to preventing thefts

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Knox County's crime mapping system is constantly updated. Knox County's crime mapping system is constantly updated.
The homeowners association in Lakemoor Hills bought a security camera for the area. The homeowners association in Lakemoor Hills bought a security camera for the area.
"If you're going to be a victim of something in our county, it's probably going to be a theft or a burglary to your car," Capt. Hubbs explained. "If you're going to be a victim of something in our county, it's probably going to be a theft or a burglary to your car," Capt. Hubbs explained.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – We don't want to think of how our home could be broken into when we leave for work every day.

The reality is, however, theft is a crime that happens on a daily basis in Knox County, and sometimes in areas we don't expect.

Staying on top of crime trends, specifically in your neighborhood, could be what protects you.

In late April, 6 News reported a story about surveillance video of a burglary at a West Knoxville home in which criminals loaded their stash into an SUV.

"They rang the doorbell saying hello. Since nobody was inside they went around to the side of the house and broke in," said the victim. He didn't want to be identified, but he posted the video on YouTube asking for help.

Knox County's crime mapping system is constantly updated. As burglaries are reported, you see their location online.

"If you go to our map and see, it's updated hourly. While there may not be crimes today, by this time next week there could be a cluster of crimes in an area," explained Capt. Robert Hubbs, with the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

He showed trends for the last month.

Capt. Hubbs says staying on top of crime in your neighborhood is critical if you don't want to become a victim.

The crime mapping system allows you to sign up for alerts on your phone. If there's a crime that concerns you, you can call the sheriff's office and request the report, which is public record.

In an area called Lakemoor Hills, the homeowners association took safety to the next step.

The association bought a $5,000 security camera. Signs on the street let criminals know they're being watched.

"Of course with the economic downturn we've seen, other neighborhoods have seen an increase in crime. But we have not. Part of the reason is the camera we installed," explained John Haynes, with the Lakemoor Hills HOA.

The truth is, if you live in Knox County, your vehicle is what you have to safeguard the most.

In late March, for example, we reported on a rash of car break-ins in the Cedar Bluff area.

"If you're going to be a victim of something in our county, it's probably going to be a theft or a burglary to your car. The violent crime per capita is low compared to the 400,000 odd people that live in this county," Capt. Hubbs explained.

Whether it's your vehicle or your home, in the end, personal vigilance is key.

The West Knoxville burglary victim says the video of the criminals breaking into his house is what gives him hope he'll get his stuff back.

"I think they are getting a lot of tips from that," he said.

Investigators agree that it's the little steps that keep the dots on their maps to a minimum.

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