SoBro residents go online to fight crime
People on the north side are using social media to help warn each other about a series of burglaries.
Metro police confirm they're investigating break-ins in the South Broad Ripple neighborhood known as "SoBro."
The suspects in the burglaries all have the same motive. They kick in a back door, and grab TVs, computers or any kind of electronics.
Neighbors are turning to the website NextDoor.com to keep them in the loop and warn each other about who and what they see that might be out of place.
"My next door neighbor just got hit a few months ago," said Taylor Williams, a SoBro resident. "It's happening a lot. I just wish we could figure out who is responsible and get them out of the neighborhood.
"Whenever we see anything shady, we let each other know."
Williams hasn't been as lucky in the past few years. Someone has broken into his house twice, and his garage once.
"Violated, definitely," he said. "You don't know who's been in your house, what they were looking at."
After losing televisions, a bike, a computer, even a chainsaw, Williams now protects himself even more now with an alarm system and a gun.
"I think one of the reasons I haven't been a recent victim is because I've taken a few extra steps," he said. "I always keep my blinds closed. I have three vehicles and so I constantly rotate them so people don't know if I'm home or not."
It's not easy. This past March, Williams almost became a victim, again.
This time, he was home and sitting at his computer in the middle of the day when he saw some teens on the corner.
"I'm looking out my window and all of a sudden, they run up to my door and start kicking it in," Williams said. "I yelled, 'I have a gun!' and they ran off."
What troubles Williams the most, he said, was that they were at most 14 years old.
"There's a couple of kids who a lot of people think are actually doing the crimes and the police are aware," Williams said.
He hopes they're caught sooner rather than later.
So far, police have not made any arrests in the burglaries.