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Investigation shows break-in hotspots in Central Florida


ORLANDO, Fla. – Home burglary trends are currently in a downward cycle, according to crime prevention analysts in Orlando and Seminole County, but burglaries of homes and vehicles are still an issue across central Florida.

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Lt. Darron Esan, watch commander for the Orlando Police Department's North Division, said the latest trends from November 2014 to April 2015 compared to the same period in 2013-2014 are much better, especially for towns that just one year ago were struggling with home burglaries.

Still, Esan said the break-ins will never stop completely.

"Unfortunately, if we stuck a pin in a map where property crimes occur, the map would be covered with pins," Esan said.

According to OPD research, both Thorton Park and College Park are seeing impressive declines in reported incidents:

Thorton Park:
--Nov. 1, 2013 to April 1, 2014 -- Reported 21
--Nov. 1, 2014 to April 1, 2015 -- Reported 8

College Park:
--Nov. 1, 2013 to April 1, 2014 -- Reported 57
--Nov. 1, 2014 to April 1, 2015 -- Reported 27

During a ride along Monday, Esan said good old-fashioned neighborhood tips have led to the arrest of groups that were behind the break-ins not only in College and Thorton parks, but Rosemont, which has seen a significant drop in break-ins as well.

According to Esan, Rosemont was a "hotbed" for burglaries just 60 days ago, but that trend has stopped.

Investigators said most home break-ins occur between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when most people are at work. The burglars will work in teams and almost always have a "lookout."

"My belief why this downward trend is here is because we've locked up the right people," Esan said.

Esan is convinced the trends are dropping beyond the city's boundaries thanks to good police work and neighborhood watch programs. The veteran law enforcement officer and former detective said joint police department initiatives to share crime intelligence has made a big difference.

In Seminole County, data provided by the Sheriff's Department reflects a subtle decrease for the first four months of 2014 versus 2015: 172 reported break-ins in 2015 versus 177 in 2014.

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If you have seen unusual activity in your neighborhood call your local police department or call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).