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Police trying to crack down on home invaders

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Residents on the far north side are on edge after a series of home invasions.

"It's unfortunate people in their homes don't feel safe," said Dan Somers, blocks from last week's armed home invasion and seeing more protection.

"It's affecting all of us on a daily basis. I've noticed my neighbors, we've all had our porch lights on in the morning and we're all nervous," said another homeowner.

Rev. Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition says the new spate of home invasions in the suburbs - outside of Indianapolis' dangerous zip codes - may be due to displacement. He believes more police patrols and pastors are unintentionally pushing crime out of the urban core into the suburbs.

But is that true?

"It's not so much displacement as the fact we're looking at those individuals who've been given sentences for previous felonies that haven't served them," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.

He says some are targeting new areas because the money is there - but those criminals shouldn't even be out of prison. Hite says sentencing rules have to be changed so felons serve more of their sentences.

Alexander Dupree, charged in the sexual assault of a woman and her daughter during last week's home invasion, was out of prison after serving just two years on a six-year sentence for other armed robberies and confinement.

Police are hitting back.

"Just monitoring those being released from jail. We've put a great amount of attention to that," Hite said.

Cops and parole agents are even knocking on doors to check on released felons and increasing patrols.

"Plain and uniformed on a daily basis, monitoring those areas which we've deemed to be traumatic and problematic," Hite said.

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