Police issue crime alert after rash of southeast Indianapolis break-ins
Homes on the southeast side of Indianapolis are getting hit one after another after another.
The break-ins have become so rampant that IMPD issued a crime alert and officers are urging people to take precautions. There have been at least 10 break-ins in the past three weeks, including three in a 24-hour period in the Willow Lakes subdivision.
"This is the window that they broke into," explains Michael Douglas, pointing at how burglars got into his home two nights ago.
It happened around 4 a.m., as the Douglas family was fast asleep.
"And then my dog started barking," said Michael, "they came around in the kitchen and came out that back door and that's when the alarm went off."
The burglars stole nothing, except the family's sense of security.
"It's hard to believe that somebody would be that bold to come in like that, but it's happening all over the city, but there's no reason why we should be any different, I suppose," said Rene Douglas, Michael's mother.
But residents say this neighborhood was different up until this recent rash of break-ins - 10 homes in three weeks.
"I moved in this subdivision in 2002. It's been fantastic, no problems, no nothing, easy going, quiet," said Ernest Whitehead.
And to try to regain that quiet.
Metro Police spent the afternoon handing out these fliers letting neighbors know what happened and tips to avoid becoming a victim.
Ernest Whitehead has his own alarm system of sorts - four small but very vocal dogs.
"Somebody comes into my house, I will know about it!" he said.
"They couldn't have been in there for longer than a minute, 'cause see, he's barking already," Douglas said.
The Douglases' dog likely scared away the intruder. They hope there won't be a next time.
"A little shaken, yes. It's going to take a while to get that sense of security back, I'm sure. But make sure the windows are locked now, absolutely," Rene Douglas said.
IMPD will increase patrols in the neighborhood and southeast district will hold roll call there this weekend.