Swimming Pools ... Movie Stars ... Burglars?

SoCal housebreakers go where the money is
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2007 1:23 PM CDT
Los Angeles police report that burglars have learned to use the "security" of the Beverly Hills area to their advantage.   (Shutterstock.com)
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(Newser) – Burglars are running rampant through Beverly Hills and Bel-Air, targeting the houses of the rich and famous. Over the last 4 years, crooks have made off with more than $20 million worth of goods, the LA Times reports. The A-list victims include Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Clippers star Cuttino Mobley, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

The exclusivity of the neighborhoods—high fences, isolated homes, and a lack of nosy neighbors—actually makes the thieves' work easier. Some suggest that residents simply get to know their neighbors, but that's a non-starter. "A neighborhood watch works in a community where the neighbors are open," says one resident. "We have high walls and are private."