Crime alert from BOCA

From the BOCA Mailing list:

Today at 4:55 am a resident in the 2100 block of Milford St. was awakened by an intruder who was trying break in to the home by picking the lock on the back door. The suspect, who is described as white male, about 5’10” and stocky, wearing white t-shirt with writing on it and faded jeans, fled when the owner turned on the outdoor lights. The fact that there was an alarm system, a high wrought iron gate, and residents clearly at home did not deter this burglar who also damaged the iron gate during his getaway. The one suspect was seen, but there may have been an accomplice. This incident is on the heels of a nearby auto theft that occurred on Thursday night in the 2100 block of Banks.

The Patrol reports that the suspect who had thrown pavers through windows on Banks several weeks ago is in custody. The Patrol apprehended another burglar last week in the 1300 block of Banks. It is a disturbing sign of these hard economic times that there are multiple burglars (or pairs of burglars) working in the neighborhood.

You can help deter these thieves by turning on your porch and outdoor lights and leaving them on all night. With the trees leafing out this spring, our streets are suddenly much darker at night and very few residents are leaving their outdoor lights on after 11 p.m. Please help deter these burglars by turning on your lights at night, all night. Although the Patrol can respond in a matter of a minute or two, it is no replacement for an ounce of prevention.

More burglary prevention tips can be found here.

If you see anything suspicious (including loitering), please call the HPD non-emergency number at (713) 884-3131. If there are sufficient reports from our neighborhood, the HPD will take additional actions.