Crime watch organizers warn residents about recent crimes during holiday season

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Crime watch organizers have sent a warning to northeast side residents about a string of recent crimes, including three burglaries that happened on the same street last Friday.

Thieves stole expensive jewelry from the homes, near 65th and Sherman, while the victims were gone on Black Friday. Two nights later, a woman was attacked in her driveway near 86th and Hague. The suspect hit her in the head and ran off with a large amount of cash.

Both incidents were highlighted in the recent newsletter from the Binford Redevelopment and Growth (BRAG) Crime Watch network.

“No neighborhood is immune from crime, especially this time of year,” said BRAG president Kas Vargo. “The bad guys are out there watching. They’re much more clever than we are, so it’s a good thing to keep your heads up.”

Especially this time of the year, authorities say the holiday season can often be a treasure trove for thieves.

“I think there’s more bang for your buck at this point if that makes sense,” said Marion County deputy prosecutor Daphne Whitmire. “There’s more opportunity for not just burglary, but also for your vehicle larcenies.”

Whitmire is hosting a public forum Wednesday night on burglary prevention. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Wayne Township building at 5401 West Washington Street.