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Syracuse Police meet with community groups on juvenile arrests

Over the last four weeks, there have been 192 reported burglaries; police have made 30 arrests. Nineteen of those arrests are considered juveniles.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Local leaders are rushing to address a surprising new trend in Syracuse.

Over the last four weeks, there have been 192 reported burglaries; police have made 30 arrests. Nineteen of those arrests are considered juveniles.

Police say young offenders often become repeat offenders and it’s going to take a combined effort to curb what’s happening.

There’s no single reason and single solution, but city leaders are offering an update on the trend, saying thery’re on it.

With the data they’ve collected, police have strategies in place and more officers on the street, while neighborhood watch groups are stepping up surveillance.

"We're constantly on it. We're calling 911 when we see suspicious activity. We have a neighborhood phone tree,” explained Michelle Rourke with Neighborhood Watch Groups of Syracuse.

"Often you hear a child or kid who's committed this crime is being arrested one day and is out the next because the system doesn't really allow them to stay in like they would as an adult,” further explained Tony Borelli with the same neighborhood watch group.

Mayor Miner says it’s typically a small number of kids, committing a large number of crimes. A point being better communicated to those who deal with juvenile offenders.

"So that people in the family court system understand, people in probation understand that we can't just have young people committing crimes and going in and out in 24 hours,” Miner said.

At a meeting on the issue Monday night, it was stressed that homeowners have a responsibility too, from using timers on their lights when they’re out, to locking their doors. It sounds simple enough, yet, 32 percent of burglaries in the past four weeks have taken place at homes that were unsecured.

Partnerships with schools are also working at identifying kids who might be at risk of committing grownup crimes.

Members of the Syracuse Police Department will be attending a series of meetings they call “Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today.” The meetings will be held across the city in January.

The meetings will be held:

SOUTHSIDE
Monday, January 7, 6 p.m. at Dr. King School cafeteria

EASTSIDE
Tuesday, January 8, 7 p.m. at Former Levy School cafeteria

DOWNTOWN/LAKEFRONT
Wednesday, January 9, 5:30 p.m. at City Hall Commons Atrium

VALLEY
Wednesday, January 9, 7 p.m. at Cecile Community Center

WESTSIDE
Tuesday, January 15, 6 p.m. at Syracuse Police Home

NORTHSIDE
Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m. at Grant Middle School cafeteria

EASTWOOD
Monday, January 28, 7 p.m. at Huntington School cafeteria

The public is invited to attend each of the meetings listed above.
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