Police in Old Louisville concentrating on break-ins, crimes of opportunity

By Matt McCutcheon – bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police call it a crime of opportunity: thieves looking to cash in can be walking by, look in your car window, break it out and steal your GPS and laptop in just a matter of seconds.

It is happening all over Louisville, particularly in Old Louisville, but police and city officials are fighting back, announcing new initiatives to stop this rash of break-ins.

Officers will be working overtime in part of Old Louisville, but not in their usual methods.

"They are going to be re-educating and reminding people about crime prevention to secure other items in their vehicles," said LPMD 4th Division Commander Kim Kraeszig.

The motto: 'out of sight, out of mind' is the thinking here, but people in some parts of Old Louisville have been too trusting - and even naive, police say.

"We are going to be partnering with the University of Louisville to connect to off campus students who reside in Old Louisville who are the main focus," said LMPD Lt. Kit Steimle.

College students seem to be the main victims, with nearly 50 break-ins this year around Old Louisville. Officers will be visible and mobile, ditching their squad cars in favor of bikes and ATVs, and working late to take a bite out of crime.

"I am going to direct money from my discretionary funds to LMPD in order to pay for officer overtime," said 6th District Councilman David James.

The cost of that overtime will amount to a little more than $10,000 for the 14-day pilot that expand to other parts of the Metro.