Winston-Salem home break-ins up by 30 percent

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More families in Winston-Salem are finding their homes are broken into.

Police said there were almost 120 more home break-ins this year than last. There were 494 this January, compared to 379 in Jan. 2011, police said.

Police said they have put together a task force to tackle the problem. They said the burglaries aren't concentrated in just one area.

"These guys come in daylight, they don't care if it is dark or daytime and they are pretty bold about it, which is kind of frightening for a lot of people in neighborhood," said Daniel Richard, a burglary victim.

Winston-Salem Police Chief Scott Cunningham said he would like to see magistrates and judges set higher bonds when officers arrest break-in suspects. He said he also wants repeat offenders to get more prison time.