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Question of the Day: Burglaries?

Weigh in on the conversation about the burglaries plaguing the Plainview area. Take our poll and leave a comment.

There are that burglaries in the Plainview area are occurring at an alarming rate. There was an arrest Wednesday in one local burglary, but a police report indicated that took place in Plainview last weekend alone.

We want your opinion on this issue:

  • Why is it happening?
  • What should be done to stop it?
  • Are the police and public officials doing enough to fight it?

Take our poll and leave a comment. Patch will continue to write stories about this issue in the coming weeks.

Marc November 18, 2011 at 09:17 AM
I am a person who lives in plainview that is often up late out at dunkin donuts at 2 am or at 7 11. No need to up patrols I often see them there hanging out in group at night.
Joe Dowd November 18, 2011 at 03:16 PM
No disrespect to any of you, but the police are patrolling Plainview and do an exceptional job of protecting the community. One of the issues is that specific homes are often targeted by burglars, who watch a particular house or street for prolonged inactivity. They make sure no one is home before entering. And, in many cases, doors and windows are left unlocked by residents. Criminals try several back doors and side windows to find one that is open. What other constructive ways can we find to help the community out of this?
CFried November 18, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Is there any pattern to the burglaries? Are they at a certain time of day or night?
Joe Dowd November 18, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Great question: In the Barnum Avenue case, a homeowner returned to find the home ransacked. In many cases, the police reports indicate a time span that the burglary could have occurred, and these time frames are often over a two-day period, indicating a family is gone for a day or weekend and comes home to find their place ripped off. None of these have been "home invasions," perpetrated when the resident is asleep in his bed.
Gone November 18, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Joe, This was same scenario with the break in on my block a couple of weeks ago. I was told that the family was away over night and when they returned they found the rear window to their home broken and items in the home stolen. We have a close block where everyone is always watching out for each other. Unfortunately, no one heard a thing. We have added lighting around our home (plus we have an alarm) and try not to make things look any different when we are away. We also have a neighbor check out the house when we are away.

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