- Good morning-
I have lived here for almost two years and have never had a problem
with theft or burgulary. Two weeks ago, my 10-year-old car was broken
into and my bike and sunglasses stolen out of it. Both our cars were
parked right on Rhode Island Avenue between 1st street NW and North
Capital. I filed a police report by phone.
Just today, I received a call from my boyfriend who lives with me in
the 100 block of Rhode Island Ave, NW. His 20-year-old car was broken
into last night and his stereo and speakers stolen. His car was not
new, and his equipment was by no means fancy, expensive, or flashy.
I know minor theft is not a huge priority, but I think that it is a
problem that heavily affects the quality of life for residents. I have
been reviewing the police reports and am astonished to see the high
numbers of car burgularies within a 5-block radius.
I think that cars should be fingerprinted after the theft is reported
(as is the standard in Virginia, no matter what was stolen). It is
quite obvious that this is a recent pattern and it's likely that the
same people are breaking into the cars in this area. Other than
requiring increased police presence at all hours of the night, I can
think of no other way to deter this sort of activity. We all know
that loud, expensive alarms go unheeded. And I am afraid that with no
action, it will quickly escalate into house break-ins.
Comments? Suggestions? Thank you for your time-