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    (4/30/2007) A Community Education Initiative to Protect Residents and Their Homes from Burglary

    NEW HAVEN- The New Haven Police Department announced, today, a 45-minute traveling presentation titled “In the Mind of a Burglar.” This community education initiative will be presented throughout neighborhoods in the City. The presentation, partially developed by Neighborhood Services Officer Joseph Avery, stemmed from his training in Kentucky where he had the opportunity to interview convicted burglars and learn how they operate and what attracts them to home to burglarize. Officer Avery took the information he gathered from the convicted burglars, along with his training and research to develop this crime prevention presentation.

    “In the Mind of a Burglar” will provide the citizens of New Haven with tips on how to minimize the risk of becoming a burglary victim. Officer Avery will work with Management Teams, Block Watches, District Managers and other community members to roll out presentations and begin the campaign to safeguard New Haven homes against burglary. Further, Officer Avery will utilize the Fan Alert system to notify residents of clusters of burglaries in neighborhoods and make them aware of increased risks.

    The New Haven Police Department’s goal is to minimize the incidents of burglaries occurring in the city. This can be achieved by going into the community with this new program and providing crime prevention methods; gathering intelligence on suspected burglars; working with our state and local law enforcement partners; aggressively monitoring pawn shops and providing information to community based officers to attack the issue from a multi prong approach

    “We will continue to provide all of the information and resources we can to educate the public and involve them in keeping our neighborhoods safe,” said Police Chief Francisco Ortiz. “It is essential that we all work together to drive crime out of the City and implement the safeguards necessary to do so. This campaign will give residents the tips and tools they need to reduce the risk of burglary.”

    Sergeant Kevin Costin, the supervisor in charge of the Robbery and Burglary Unit within the Investigative Services Division, along with his team of officers and detectives will continue to hold monthly meetings with regional law enforcement agencies to discuss intelligence information on burglary suspects and arrests and trends in the robbery and burglary field. The group will also continue its partnership with the State’s Attorney’s Office and Probation and Parole achieve information on newly released burglary offenders in the community.

    Sergeant Costin’s unit will also oversee pawn shops operating in New Haven to ensure that they are meeting the statutory requirements necessary to operate and are not aiding burglars.

    Utilizing the intelligence gained on burglary suspects, trends in burglaries and information from probation and parole, the Robbery and Burglary Unit will be able to continually update the Uniformed Services Division.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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