Neighborhood on the Lookout for Vandals

People who live in Omaha’s Field Club neighborhood have their guard up. They’re on the lookout for suspicious activity.

The alarm was sounded after a few incidents of vandalism got their attention.

Field Club resident Cathy Safranek said, “They just don’t have a respect for people or people’s property. They don’t have a respect for themselves. They want to take themselves to this level damaging others people property.”

The recent outbreak of crime seems to involve senseless acts such as breaking potted plants and knocking out car windows.

Safranek said, “Obviously they didn’t have any intent to steal anything. There were items in the car that could have been stolen, couldn’t have done them any good - old blankets and some stadium chairs but they're big. The holes were small.”

The Family Dollar on Leavenworth has to deal with its share of vandalism but on Wednesday night they experienced something new. They have to replace a window because someone broke out of the store.

Family Dollar’s Anjelina Moorman said, “They must have been hiding from our manager because he usually goes through the store and checks everything. So, other than that, I don’t know what to say. Across the street, one of the customers explained what they saw: somebody breaking out - not even breaking in.”

Most of the people who live in the area are not surprised and are well aware of the vandalism. Not only do neighbors keep a watch out for each other they also talk back and forth about incidents in their neighborhood.

Field Club neighbor Bill Laird said, “Constant emails are going on among people in the neighborhood just saying, ‘Watch out. Take care of things properly. Take care of your possessions.’ I think it’s about as well done as it can be.”

Bill hopes that working together will make his neighborhood a safer place to live.

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