Last night I attended a Brookside/Waldo networking event at the Metro Patrol division of the KCMO Police Dept at 7601 Prospect. The first bit of news I heard on arrival was that the cops had caught the guy who robbed McClain’s Bakery–twice! They were waiting for him on the second event and picked up the perp the same day. Thank you, officers, for your diligent policing of Brookside and our neighborhood shops.
I also talked to office John Trainor, who runs the Residential Surveys program for the department. This is a complimentary service, where John comes to your home and spends thirty minutes or so surveying your property from a security perspective. He will offer suggestions on ways to discourage burglars from making your house a target. Usually these appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday, 11am-2pm, contact John via email to schedule a visit: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another interesting fact I learned last night about break-ins: 50% of burglars go through the front door! First they knock to see if anyone is home–if no answer, they will kick in the front door. I asked about these thick, old Brookside doors–John said they are relatively easy to kick in, especially if the deadbolt is less than one inch long. Also, most burglaries occur during the day rather than at night–I thought just the opposite. Finally, approximately twenty cars per day are broken into in Kansas City MO. Lock your car and don’t leave anything inside of value!
I hope this information is helpful to you–I’m going to schedule a visit with John at my own home. Be proactive about protecting the contents of your home and vehicles–it just takes a little extra effort!
A neighbor stopped me the other day, asking if I had heard about the home break-ins one block over. She mentioned two homes were broken into during the early afternoon hours. I had not heard about these incidents at the time…but a couple of days later, they popped up on my personalized Crime Reports incident report. I don’t remember exactly how I found out about this site, but it’s well worth a look for current crime stats in the Brookside/Waldo area.
Since August 8, there have been six thefts and two break-ins in my Armour Hills neighborhood. That’s higher than normal. I checked a few other areas nearby, and Oak Meyer Gardens/Armour Hills Gardens and Rockhill Gardens had two crimes each. These reports come to the site from the Kansas City Police Department. The site also shows the location and description with photos, of registered sex offenders. Unfortunately, Kansas police departments do not report to the site as far as I can tell.
One of the neat features about this site is that you can log in and set up a search for your neighborhood–each week the site will automatically email you a crimes report for the area you designated. This is a great tool to use to watch crime stats and also notify neighbors of problems, especially if there seems to be a pattern developing. In Armour Hills, having two break-ins on the same day within a couple of hours of each other should put neighbors on alert for suspicious persons in the area.
As I sit typing this blog, I’m positioned in front of a window facing the street. Usually I see joggers, dog walkers, moms with strollers going by…kids walking home from school and contractors working on home improvement projects. I’ve rarely seen a suspicious person lurking about…still, I am even more aware now to consciously look around as I pull in and out of the driveway or walk to a neighbor’s home. Being extra alert can deter crime. If you are a Kansas City MO resident, check out crimereports.com for information on what’s happening in your area.
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