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Thieves return to northeast side neighborhood one year later

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People living in a northeast side neighborhood are once again on the lookout for thieves targeting their homes and property.

Indianapolis Metro Police said thieves are going after property in backyard sheds in neighborhoods along Dean Road near 71st Street.

Six sheds were broken into in just days. One home was also broken into while the owners were away on vacation.

Last July, neighborhoods in the area saw a rash of cars and homes broken into even while people were sleeping inside.

People living in the area are concerned and wonder if this could be the beginning of even more serious crimes in the area.

Val Campbell’s backyard shed was broken into.  Even though nothing was taken, Campbell is concerned.

“It’s been a safe neighborhood for the five years we’ve lived here, then all of a sudden, (crime is) kind of rampant,” said Campbell.

Frank DeLisle said the neighborhood’s Crime Watch program is very active and helps inform residents on how to help one another.

“Many of us were concerned about the break-ins, so many of us went out and purchased alarm systems and also bought wooden sticks to put in the sliding doors and did a lot of common sense things like that,” said DeLisle.

Police recovered property for one victim through a local pawn shop because they had a record of the item’s serial number.

Police advise people to write down serial numbers of items or make discrete marking to be able to track the item in case it’s stolen.

Metro police said overall property crime is down in the city from this time last year.