October 12, 2006
Albemarle County police are investigating a recent rash of burglaries in the Ivy area.
At least four homes were hit in four day period and that got police concerned. Thursday they say they have some suspects but they also want to get the word out about how everyone can help prevent crimes like these.
On September 16, a house on Emerson drive was broken into. Days later police believe the same thieves hit again. Homes on Holkham drive and twin creeks road were burglarized. Then last Friday that same Emerson Drive home ripped off one more time.
“Electronics, jewelry, and a TV set were taken,” said Albemarle County police Lt. John Teixeira.
Most of the break-ins happened during the day.
“That area of the county, the Ivy/Owensville area is a very safe area so it’s unusual to have that many burglaries in such a short period of time. We moved quickly on it and I think we are going to have some good news here in the near future,” said Teixeira.
Police are encouraging residents to look out for and report any suspicious activity. They are also urging sub divisions to start neighborhood watches.
“You're acting as an extra set of eyes and ears for the police department. We can't be everywhere all the time,” said County police Community Relations Coordinator Diana Edwards.
Police say watch groups are successful. They can reduce crime in many neighborhoods by 50 to 90 percent.
“If you don't have a neighborhood watch program call me to get one started. It's a very simple basic program neighbors watching out for neighbors,” said Edwards.
Call Diana Edwards at 434-972-4079 or Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will come out to your neighborhood to help you get a program started.