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Holiday Burglaries On Rise In East Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A rash of burglaries has some Nashville residents on edge.

A lot of people have their homes stocked this time of year with gifts, toys and electronics - targets for thieves. Metro police are responding to more home burglaries across the city, many in East Nashville.

It was hard to believe. It wasn't late at night and we were only gone for like an hour," said Ryan Kaldari.

For Kaldari, the come with a good dose of caution.

"We came in and the bike, her laptop and some other things had been stolen," he said.

His East End home was broken into for the second December in a row.

He joins a group of dozens of others who've endured holiday time burglaries.

There were 22 burglaries, according to the East Precinct, and nine this week.

It's the time of year police want citizens to kick their senses into high gear.

"We like to refer to it as heightened awareness by night only police officers at this time of year, but also by the people in the neighborhoods and their neighbors," said Metro Lt. Danny Driskell.

Kaldari's even taken it a step further. He took it upon himself to interview some people in his neighborhood about the stolen bike. He found out it was sold to an employee at a gas station.

He said a surveillance picture shows the seller, a man Kaldari hopes is the link to his stolen stuff.

"So we got the bicycle back, but the rest of it is still missing," he said.

For now, police have put extra resources into combating this burglary problem however they said the best resource is neighbors themselves. They recommend neighbors to report anything out of the ordinary or suspicious. 

Police want to remind people to also lock their doors and windows and activate their alarm systems if they have one. They also recommend for people to write down serial numbers on expensive items and keep them in a safe place. 

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