How can residential burglaries be reduced?occurring in city of 400,000 people

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This is an important question. There are several things a community can do to reduce burglaries. Let me suggest a few examples.

First, from the point of the law and government, a city or town can seek to hire more police officers to patrol an area. This will, of course, cost money, but this will be one of the most effective ways to stop burglaries. The police department will also need to be strategic in terms of how they monitor the city.

Second, the community itself can do very important things such as set up neighborhood watches. Just a program like this can act as a great deterrent, because burglars now know that people are aware and even watching. This action is akin to a constant surveillance system.

Finally, individual homes can introduce some safety procedures, such as locking their doors and windows. Small things like can make a difference.