Binghamton police, residents fight south side break-ins

By Brandi Bailey

Binghamton police, residents fight south side break-ins

July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 1:00 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton police say vigilant and alert residents could help to catch criminals and reduce the number of break-ins hitting the city's south side.

Binghamton's Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said his officers have responded to a number of patterned break-ins on the south side.

Police have taken three people into custody for burglaries in that area during the past few weeks, but say those arrests won't end the crime spree.

"Lock your doors. There's more than one group out there. We arrest three individuals, but we're continuing to have a number of break-ins, car break-ins, house break-ins on the Southwest side of Binghamton," Zikuski said.

Zikuski recommends leaving an outside light on during the night and when residents are not home.

He says it's less likely someone will attempt to break in to a home if it appears someone is there.