2010-09-04 / News

Rash of break-ins prompt community meeting

By Scott Rawdon
recent break-ins convinced Buckeye Lake residents that it’s time to hold a community meeting and try to mobilize more community block watches, said block watch captain and Buckeye Lake resident Marie Ray.

“The goal is to have a block watch captain at every street,” she said. Ray said a public meeting is planned with Licking County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Pease and a Buckeye Lake Police Department officer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. at the village offices.

Ray said a break-in recently occurred on Beacon Light Lane where a thief removed an air conditioning unit to enter a home and steal a miter saw. She said there were two recent break-ins and a porch theft on Nautica Way and Cranberry Lane. “There have been a number of incidents; a lot more than we’ve ever had back here,” said Ray.R

ay said people who join neighborhood block watches should understand that their job is to report any suspicious activity to the police or their block watch captain. It’s not to take matters into their own hands.

“Who’s going to do it if we don’t?” she asked. Ray said she doesn’t expect the Buckeye Lake police or sheriff’s department to cover all Buckeye Lake streets at all times. They need help. “The goal is to have (block watches) throughout Buckeye Lake,” she said.

So far, most of the recent break-ins have only involved smaller items and no violence, said Ray, but that could change. “It’s almost like kids (are doing it),” she said. “It’s not big time stuff, but (thieves) may start thinking it’s easy. It’s escalating to a worrisome thing.” Ray said people should know what to look for. “If we watch out for our neighbors, it’ll stop,” she said.

“We used to be a quiet neighborhood,” said Buckeye Lake Village Council member Jeryne Peterson, who lives near the previously mentioned break-ins. She is working to co-ordinate neighborhood crime watches.

Peterson believes her neighbors are becoming more concerned about crime and she’s doing everything she can to promote citizen involvement, including holding a public meeting to address the issue and expand Buckeye Lake’s neighborhood crime watch activities. “There are a lot of things that can be done that haven’t been done,” said Peterson. She said she believes local businesses and neighborhoods like Leisure Village want to become involved with crime watches and Peterson is hoping for help from the Buckeye Lake Police and the Licking County Sheriff’s Department to make that happen. “If our police are involved, this could be done easily,” she said.

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