A recent meeting at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church addresses the concerns of North Amherst Community members regarding Break-ins happening throughout the Amherst community. Public safety and heightened security were the focal points of the discussion.
Sergeant David Knightly believes the break-ins to be connected to each other. He believes the assailent is targeting specific areas and neighborhoods after a string of recent activity had been reported within the same streets or residential areas.
Officer Yvonne Molin reported at the assembly, 78 B & E’s in North Amherst across the board. She also reported around 60 home and 11 vehicle or parking lot B & E’s. The majority of these crimes have occurred during the week between the hours of two and six in the morning.
The break-ins have been a result of unlocked doors, open windows, and holes in the screens of open windows. While the Officers lamented the wishes pf the community to leave windows open at night, the results have been unsettling. No confrontations have occurred, and no one has been hurt reported Sergeant Knightly.
This has led to discourse among the community in order to stay safe. Officer Molin addressed some preveantaive measures including locking doors and windows, keeping lights on near windows and doors, locking valuable items away, and hiding items such as keys and garage door openers in inconspicuous places.
She also reported that all of the items taken can be fit into a backpack, so large televisions have not been reported among the stolen items. The public concern has led to motion sensing lights, security systems and video survelliance systems installed by community members.
A meeting held in South Amherst last month has shown decreased thefts and break-ins among the neighborhoods. However, primary concerns were safety and security. Members of the community questioned the police department’s resources, citing zero arrests and minimal leads.
While no suspect has been detained, and no description can be offered, Officer Michael Forcum suggested throughout this investigation that “Vigilance is key.”