Car Breakins in Forest Hill

An email yesterday from The Association told us about a Jahnke Road, Forest Hill meeting responding to some robberies over there.

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The email also mentioned an increase in car breakins in our neighborhood.  I went to the Police Dept site looking for some specifics.

The data as of July 27 show nice overall decreases in total offense reports and in the most frequent of those, car breakins.

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Notice the summertime spikes in both total reports and in car breakins.  I think the two are related in that the car breakin opportunities chum the neighborhood for lowlives whom we really don’t want to have hanging around our homes.

For the period of the database, we see the average number of reports dropping from almost fifteen a month to about four, with the car breakins decreasing from about six to about one.

There’s been a small spike in both measures this summer.

The 4200 block of Riverside Drive maintains its “lead,” primarily because of car breakins at the Park.

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Here are the top blocks for total reports and then for car breakins (the percentages are block/neighborhood; the time period is January, 2000 to July 26, 2015):

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The numbers have decreased nicely since the City blocked the back row of parking spaces in the 42d St. lot (the ones not visible from the road) and started locking the lot on weekdays and at night.  As well, RPD has been helpful in watching both the 42d St. and 41st. St (Hillcrest) lots.

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Turning to the top blocks:

4200 Block Riverside Drive:

Car breakins and the attendant property destruction account for almost half of the reports in this block.

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4400 Block Forest Hill Ave.:

The major source of disorder here is the nursing home, rather than the Park.

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4100 Block Riverside Drive

Back to the Park and car breakins.

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4700 and 4800 Forest Hill Ave.

These commercial blocks show an entirely different (and more violent) pattern, as we might expect.  These numbers are low, however, because they include reports only from the FHNA area, i.e., the north side of Forest Hill Ave.

Well, the City Planning people think those blocks are in Westover Hills.

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But the Police database puts them in Forest Hill.  Either way, we shop there.

First the 4700 block:

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And then the 4800 block:

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Sermon Begins

We live in a quiet neighborhood and it’s been getting quieter.  But we’re just over half through 2015 and we already have as our car breakin quota for the year.

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Car breakins are perhaps the ONLY crime that is completely preventable.  As RPD says on the flyers they put under windshields on Riverside Dr. this Spring: “Put your junk in your trunk.”

Our neighbors have mostly learned this lesson.  The kids who go to the Park on warm, sunny afternoons have not.  It’s time for some signs like those at Maymont:

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The small sign on the backside of the kiosk at the 42d St. lot is too little too late: Those kids need to be warned before they leave the car.

People to talk to about this: