Neighborhood fights burglaries

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A near east-side neighborhood is fighting back after police have seen "a spike" in crime.

Dozens of homes in the Fletcher-Lippencott neighborhood have been burglarized over the last few months. While police have made a few arrests, residents say that's not enough.

"We moved in and it was an eye opener. We thought, oh my goodness, this is the worst neighborhood," said Roxanne Torres.

Roxanne Torres loves the neighborhood she's lived in since April, but she's fed up. Her washer and dryer were stolen in October.

"Water was all over the floor, and I thought the sink was leaking or something. I am a mom. I don't want this for my kids," said Torres.

After October's burglary, Torres demanded that her landlord install a security camera on her front porch and add gates. Torres quickly realized that her neighbors were also becoming more frustrated and fearful.

Saturday neighbors gathered for the first time to talk about what's been happening in the neighborhood. Torres helped organize the meeting.

"We have people who don't pick up trash. It is all over the streets. They don't mow their lawns or take care of properties," said homeowner Craig Young.

Craig Young was anxious to attend the meeting and listen to his fellow neighbors.

His biggest issue is vacant homes. Some vacant homes in the neighborhood are burnt down and condemned, but the City hasn't torn down what's left.

"We need to take ownership. It is our neighborhood. We can't expect city to do it for us. We can expect them to help us," Young added.

"The key to crime reduction is engaging the community and having them report suspicious activity," said Commander James Waters. Commander Waters spoke at the meeting.

Police have noticed a spike in burglaries in the Fletcher-Lippincott area since the fall. IMPD has increased patrols and added more investigators.

Metro Police tell Eyewitness News they have arrested two juveniles in connection with burglaries in the neighborhood, and they are also questioning several other suspects.

No new burglaries have been reported in the area since January 5th, which police called "progress."