Christine Lee, NBC 5 Irving Reporter
Irving police use their new Twitter account to tweet about a string of burglaries in Valley Ranch.
Social media is paving a new way of communication for the Irving Police Department.
Irving police, which launched their Twitter page this week, tweeted about a rise in residential burglaries in Valley Ranch in hopes that residents can help catch the thieves.
"They're specifically going for jewelry and electronics," Officer Lance Peikert said. "Since we have put this out there to the public, we've had some responses back from the community -- miscellaneous tips which are given directly to the investigators assigned to the area."
Peikert said the suspects have been breaking into windows or glass doors in the homes' backyards.
He also said the department typically sees two to three break-ins in the entire Valley Ranch area every month. He said he hopes awareness of the slight increase in burglaries would lead residents to be extra aware of their surroundings.
Police are increasing patrols in the area and are asking with any information to contact them.