Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This week's Crimetracker features a crime trend that law enforcement is actually happy to report. Since March, Harvey County has seen only two home burglaries thanks to a new tactic the sheriff calls Quad Patrol.
Harvey County Chief Deputy Mark Hardtarfer says home burglaries spiked at the first of the year. They worked 30 in just three months.
"If nobody's home they kick in the door, get what they're after and get out. It's usually just a few minutes," said Hardtarfer.
It was a trend the sheriff didn't like, so he came up with a plan to divide the county into four quadrants and assign a deputy to each area. They keep a lookout for anyone who looks suspicious. Deputies made some arrests and then asked homeowners to help.
"We needed them to call in if they saw something suspicious, and they did," said Hardtarfer.
While burglaries in Harvey County have dropped to almost nothing, officials in nearby counties say they've spiked. That leads Harvey County investigators to believe the Quad Patrol project has run the burglaries out of the area.