Victim of Four Break-Ins Over Six Months

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

For some crime is an ongoing problem, sometimes reporting a crime doesn't mean police will respond right away.

For the fourth time in six months.

“They took everything with them,” Ronald Meyer said. “The chances of getting property back is next to nothing.”

Meyer had one of his cars broken into.

“It’s seems like a very nice area, good people all around. It's just that we've been having this little issue with sporadic crime,” Meyer said.

Last September his garage was broken into.

“Gotten into my son’s car ripped out the stereo,” Meyer said.

Several months’ later, parked right out front, thieves hit his wife's car. This May, his car was the victim.

Sunday night it was his son's brand new car.

“But we did notice that somebody actually had come up here and dusted off the window and leaned in,” Meyer said.

But when Meyer called police Monday morning he was referred to a crime reporting hotline that said an officer would respond within 36 hours.

“In 36 hours any evidence that may have been available is probably gonna be gone. And that give the thieves quite a bit of time to dispose of anything they've taken,” Meyer said.

While we were interviewing him police arrived, less than 12 hours after he called.

“With our staffing levels we have to prioritize which calls we need to send officers out on,” Sergeant Kevin Williamson said.

Williamson says break-ins, while important, often fall down on the list.

“A call for instance where there is not suspect that happened several hours ago that's a lower crime. Gets bumped down on the priority level and sometimes officers don't respond to it. In fact sometimes it's actually quicker to take that call over the phone both for the victim and us,” Williamson said.

In this case, officers responded and say they'll be paying close attention to the area. Meyer hopes others start to take notice.

“If this can just help bring awareness at our neighborhood and to our town to come forward and be more active and vigilant in watching out for you neighbor,” Meyer said.

Meyer says police told him their precinct lines cross at 43rd street, which means sometimes this area can lack in police presence. And it isn't considered a problem spot though police will be watching the area closely over the next 30 days.

Meyer says after we left, police checked for prints, they found a possible match and may have a suspect.

Of course you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Police call this a ‘crime of opportunity’ meaning if you leave any valuables (such as iPhones, iPads, iPods, CDS or cell phones) if a criminal spots it, they’ll likely break-in.

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