Resident says neighborhood is being "bombarded" with burglaries

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 12, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- According to data by the Tallahassee Police Department, the crime rate is down for 2017.

At the City's annual retreat Wednesday, Police Chief Michael DeLeo announced crime is down about 14 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.

However, some residents are now saying they don't feel the affects in their neighborhood, citing recent home and car burglaries. Those crimes are happening specifically in a neighborhood in the southwest side of town in the area of Ausely Road and Karen Lane.

"When someone throws a brick through your back window and steals all of your personal belongings, you take it pretty seriously and it's scary," said Megan McReynolds, who said her home was broken into on October.

"Not only is it us, but it's also all of our neighbors. There's probably half a dozen houses down the block that have been burglarized in the past couple of months," she said.

MeReynolds also noted her neighbor's home was just broken into a few days ago.

"We've been hearing stuff. And we've definitely been advised, keep your doors locked at night and just kind of be mindful that it's not uncommon here," said Sean Wehry, who moved to the area about six months ago.

Although his home has not been targeted, some of his neighbor's homes have been.

"You almost feel like it's hit everybody around you, you almost feel like you're next. You just feel really vulnerable. These are all our belongings. You just feel at the whim of somebody else."

According to data by the Tallahassee Police Department, there have been nearly 600 fewer burglaries from January through November of 2017 compared to that same period last year. That number includes Tallahassee an Leon County.

"Not every neighborhood feels (the crime reduction) the same way," said DeLeo. "Not everyone feels the same impact of crime. That's why we have our neighborhood public safety initiative that we work on with specific neighborhoods."

He said the goal moving forward is to continue driving the crime rate down so that all neighborhoods feel the affects evenly. He also noted on Wednesday that he is confident that downward trend will continue.

According to TOPS, or Tallahassee's Online Police Statistics, there have been at least five home burglaries and one car burglary reported in that general area in the last seven weeks.

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