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.

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  • by Andrea Location: Lansing on Jun 9, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    It wouldn't suprise me, if they didn't do it I bet they know who did.
  • by Paula Location: lansing on Jun 9, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    It is really sad that we have to live in fear because people don't care anymore. I live in Lansing's south side and someone stole a flower hanging basket from my front yard that my kids bought me for mother's day. Its really sad when your flowers are stolen. I don't like knowing people are on my property and snooping around. I'm a single mom and it scares me that there have been so many break-ins in the area. We shouldn't have to live like this in our own neighborhoods. I won't even leave my windows open at nite anymore. Thats really sad its come to this. My prayers go out to that family. I also hope they catch the punks who did this.
  • by Mercedes Location: Lansing on Jun 8, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    I would check the neighbors in the white house with the red shutters!
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