A group of neighbors on the east side of Indianapolis say they’re fed up with a rash of burglaries that has been going on for months. They’re now working with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police to organize a new Crime Watch effort.
The burglaries have affected dozens of homes just north of Brookside Park. In many cases, the burglars have returned to some homes more than once.
David Kathan actually caught one of the burglars on his living room web camera. The still images show a black man in his 40’s or 50’s rifling through items in his living room on Brookside Parkway.
“We’ve got bars on there, we’ve got alarm systems, we’ve got camera systems,” Kathan said, “and still, they’re brazen enough to just come right into your house.”
A block away on Houston Street, a young mother who did not want to be identified said her home has been broken into three times since last Spring. She and her family now live with bars on the doors and windows.
“We just stay in the house,” she said. “Put my alarm system on, lock my doors. And I try to take my dogs out once in the morning and that’s it.”
Laure Klinger, who owns property in the neighborhood, said there is growing frustration toward police. She said most neighbors know the man and several teens who are committing the burglaries, but detectives can’t seem to catch them.
“We already have a lot of abandoned houses in the area and more people are leaving,” Klinger said. “Something needs to change or we’re just going to have nobody left but the criminals.”
Klinger is now working with IMPD to organize a Crime Watch meeting for this weekend.
IMPD Lt. Mike Bruin said he understands the frustration of those neighbors but he assures them that detectives are doing all they can.
“They’re following every lead and taking every step that they can to clear these cases,” Lt. Bruin said.
He, along with East District Commander James Waters, will be at the Saturday meeting to answer questions and address concerns.
“In cases like this, it’s really helpful to work with the community,” he said. “They are our extra eyes and ears, if you will.”
Waters and Bruin hope the meeting will provide detectives with helpful information, which victims sometimes share with each other but not police. It will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaks Academy, 3092 Brookeside Parkway North Dr.