The number of property crimes such as robberies and burglaries spike during the holiday season -- but the Citrus Heights Police Department is taking a proactive approach by placing high value items around their city.
"These bait items like packages, cars, bicycles, and tools can be tracked by police and those who steal them will be arrested," said Sgt. Chad Morris with the Citrus Heights Police Department.
Over the last 18 months, the department has arrested more than 130 people for stealing the department’s bait items.
After a close analysis of the arrests, police found that more than 70 percent of the suspects were repeat offenders, mostly for property crimes like theft, robbery, and burglaries.
"If you come to Citrus Heights and you steal, you're going to get caught, and you're gonna go to jail,” Morris said. “That's the bottom line."
Officers say they are working hard to do their part but need your help. It can be as simple as locking your car door, rolling up your windows, and keeping valuables out of plain sight.