Rash of break-ins? Midtown neighborhoods want action

Rash of break-ins? Midtown neighborhoods want action

By Valerie Cavazos. CREATED Apr 30, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A rash of home break-ins in midtown. Residents say their neighborhoods are being hit hard by thieves -- in broad daylight. And they want Tucson police and the city to do something about it.

Thieves broke down this door and stole thousands of dollars worth of valuables a few weeks ago in the Dodge Flower neighborhood.  

And just a blocks away in Doolen Fruitvale over the past two days. Tucson Crime mapping shows daytime break-ins:
April 29th at 11:42 AM on Palo Verde Ave.
April 28th at 2:10 PM on Edith Blvd.

It's stats like this that make nearby neighbors, like Devin Gardner, nervous. "Obviously I'm very concerned about it," said Gardner.

Another neighborhood resident, Lindsay Hill, said, "Just seen some sketchy things you know not necessarily a crime but people who look like they're out to do something."

9OYS Valerie Cavazos caught up with Rebecca Noel, a TPD CSO, who covers the midtown area.
Cavazos: "The Doolen Fruitvale neighborhood feels that they are a target of crime because they've been hit a number of times with breakins. Is this the case?"
Noel: No, they've actually had 5 burglaries in a two month period of time.
Cavazos: And that's not a lot?
Noel: It's really not a lot.

Noel says a neighborhood is "targeted" when it has 5 break-ins a week. These neighborhoods fall in ward 3. Councilmember Karin Uhlich says she's seen spikes in crime. "The problem is it often shifts to another neighborhood." said Uhlich.

And to other wards. When comparing statistics citywide, crime mapping shows no neighborhood is immune. Little consolation for the victims of break-ins, but TPD says it reviews crime trends each week.

"We are out in the neighborhoods all the time. Undercover cars. I heard people say we haven't seen a cop car. That's funny I personally drove down your street last night," said Noel. The crime report shows proactive policing equally dispersed all over the city.

Uhlich focuses on regional reporting. "If it spills into the next area, we don't want to lose any threads of information," she said.

So here's the bottom line. The city relied on stealthy bicycle patrols to help catch thieves in the act, but most were cut from the budget. TPD says it has a lot of ground to cover.

So they want more neighborhoods to report suspicious activity, which helps them track crime waves.

If you'd like to see up-to-date crime stats in your neighborhood, check out TPD's Crime Reports.