Tuscaloosa police using bait houses to catch burglars

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Last week, Tuscaloosa police set up a fake pawn shop to catch crooks. Now they have another way they catch criminals. They are called bait houses.

Officers install silent alarm triggers inside houses they know should be vacant. Police use the technique not just in high crime areas, but also in neighborhoods that see a spike in criminal activity.

"Students go out of town and our burglars and thieves know that. That's an area they'll target. So we'll target that area," say Sergeant Tim Guy. Sergeant Guy says in one case, a bait house was burglarized less than a day after it was set up and police were quickly able to make an arrest.