COLUMBIA — Like other times when students leave town, spring break is traditionally a time when burglary rates go up.
This year's spring break, March 22 to April 2, saw the same number of residential burglaries as last year's — a total of 21 spread throughout Columbia.
The concentration of these burglaries was different from the previous year. In 2012, there was a large concentration north of Broadway between Stadium Boulevard and Providence Road. In 2013, no burglaries were reported in that area.
Instead, burglaries were reported in East Campus and along College Avenue. Columbia Police Department Public Relations Sergeant Joe Bernhard is not surprised by the lack of trends. The strategic placement of police in some areas leads to more burglaries in other areas.
"Other than student housing, we concentrate on places where there has been a high number of burglaries in the past," he said.
Bernhard attributes the streak of burglary reports to one burglar responsible for multiple burglaries in a certain area.
"Generally they don't do one and stop," Bernhard said. "Where there is one, there is a cluster."
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