It's pretty bad right now," Lä'ie Community Association 1st Vice President Max Purcell told the other members of the LCA board on Nov. 10th.
For example, HPD reported the following crime statistics for September (the most recent available to Kaleo
as of its printing deadline) to the Ko'olauloa Neighborhood Board:
Ka'a'awa: 4 thefts from auto, 3 other thefts, 1 robbery and 2 auto thefts.Punalu'u: 5 burglary 1, 1 theft from auto, 1 other theft, and 2 auto thefts.Hauula: 1 burglary 1, 5 thefts from autos, 1 theft of auto accessory, 3 other thefts, and 1 auto theft.Lä'ie: 11 burglary 1, 1 shoplifting, 15 thefts from autos, 1 bicycle theft, 3 other thefts, and 3 auto thefts.
...Max Purcell, LCA
The sad thing is that this guy has already been arrested several times," Purcell
board member added that his
neighbor's car was recently ripped off, and he
had interrupted someone breaking into his
house through a bathroom window, but not before the criminal did approximately $200 worth of damage to the house while trying to get in.Purcell
, whose LCA
committee provides a security watch for Lä'ie Elementary School
and coordinates with the Honolulu Police Department
(HPD), explained that LCA is also working closely with other security members of the Lä'ie Emergency Operations Center
(EOC) team to discuss cooperative ways of addressing the problem.Purcell
encourages anyone seeing suspicious behavior to call 911.Suspicious behavior includes:
Vehicles driving slowly through the community at night without lights.A vehicle being loaded with items from a closed business, or dark house.Someone loitering in front of a closed business or dark house.A person running, especially if carrying items of value.
"Basically, we've got to raise the awareness of our residents and visitors," Purcell
continued."In most of these crimes, the criminals just walk into the homes or dorms.People just leave their bags and valuables laying around.We can't take matters into our own hands, but we have to protect ourselves."
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