LI burglary spike blamed on economy, weather

Police say a perfect storm of circumstances is to blame for a spike in home burglaries in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The poor economy, mild weather and with it people leaving windows and doors open, an increase in heroin use and earlier sunsets are all to blame, says Nassau Detective Lt. Kevin Smith. In Suffolk, there were 2,117 burglaries between January and September of 2009 and 1,881 over the same time last year, amounting to a 12.5 percent jump. In Nassau the number of burglaries jumped 5.7 percent.

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