Break-Ins Rattle Neighborhood

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

The alarm system is getting an update Tuesday because Marta Hegenauer doesn't feel safe in her own home.

"It just scares me. It really scares me," she says.

She left for a couple hours Monday to buy new plants for her garden, and while she was gone, people were busting into her home on Wexford Road in Lansing.

They stole more than her sense of security.

"They stole digital cameras, iPods, a PlayStation 3, my husband's laptop with all of our information," Hegenauer lists, also including a new electric guitar, her son's bicycle and an air compressor.

Hegenauer's home wasn't the only one. Just a few doors down, another house was nabbed on the 5300 block of Wexford around the same time. Lt. Noel Garcia says police are searching for two teenagers, who witnesses saw running from the scene.

"Based on the proximity and time the crimes happened, we're looking at the suspects as the same group of people," Garcia says.

But Hegenauer says this burglary is the final straw. She says the neighborhood's been dealing with other crimes-- vandalism or broken windows, for instance-- and now, she's taking action.

"We need to have a neighborhood watch," she says.

That's something Lansing police encourage. It's not difficult to start a neighborhood watch group; the police department can supply you with all the tools you need, including phone trees, home inventory check lists and ideas to organize your neighbors.

"I know i'm going to start keeping an eye," Hegenauer says. "I see anything, I'm going to call the police and tell them. It's sad that I have to live being scared, you know?"

You can find a link to starting your own neighborhood watch group below. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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