Warning: 5,000 Homes and Counting Affected By Gang Related Burglary Rings

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Crime is a fact of life. Millions of homes have been broken into and burglarized over the years, and roughly three out of four U.S. homes will be broken into at least once over the course of the next 20 years. However, there’s an even more troubling trend emerging across the United States.

Gang related burglary rings are much more common nowadays, and thousands of U.S. homes are at risk of falling victim to this national trend.

From small towns to major cities, robbery rings are organizing and planning much more intricate and thorough residential and commercial robberies across the country.

In Georgia, according to The Telegraph, 12 alleged gang members are facing approximately 118 charges for their involvement in one such burglary ring.

Following a four-month invitation, 12 suspects have been arrested in connection with 33 residential burglaries, $159,840 in stolen property, and gang activity. The alleged members of the gang include eight adults and four juveniles, including one 12-year-old boy.

Across the country in California, another major burglary ring has affected upwards of 5,000 homes.

“Our belief is that this is a significant crew that has probably done dozens and dozens of these burglaries,” said an undercover detective to ABC 7.

ABC 7 also reports that Southern California has had gang members break into homes and walk out with at least $5,000 and a weapon almost every single day — striking homes four to five times in a single week.

“We saw a pattern and it was a lot of the same individuals that were committing these crimes,” said Sgt. Paul Kranke with the Torrance Police Department.

Along with the Torrance PD, 17 other police agencies worked together, with about 400 officers, to find the alleged gang members and put an end to this burglary ring. The majority of the burglaries took place in upscale neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Ventura County, Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County.

Authorities do believe that other crews and gang members are still out there and possibly working together. Homeowners are asked to contact the authorities if any suspicious activity occurs around the area. When it comes to home protection, however, experts recommend installing high quality security systems on the property. It’s estimated that roughly 67% of all burglaries could be avoided by installing a video surveillance system.

There is also the possibility that this burglary trend will negatively impact the national housing market. Nearly 56% of millennial homebuyers and 46% of baby boomers prefer to live in much more walkable neighborhoods, which means criminal activity could be a major turnoff. If prospective neighborhoods are filled with burglaries and constant gang activity, buyers are going to be hesitant to make an offer.

Despite this disturbing trend, crime is down overall in most areas of the United States. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’s National Crime Victimization Survey, property crimes such as robberies have fallen steadily since 1995. Between 1995 and 2015, burglaries decreased from 6.3 incidents per 1,000 people to 2.1. And in certain states, like Michigan, a home invasion charge can carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Knowing this, you might be able to sleep a little better at night (provided you’ve also invested in some extra security measures).

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