Police have stepped up patrols and other surveillance efforts in three west Charlotte neighborhoods, in response to a series of property crimes in the last three weeks.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Sherie Pearsall, commander of the department's Westover Division, said the problems have been reported in the Reid Park, Arbor Glen and Clanton Park communities. Those are along or near West Boulevard.
Pearsall said police have received reports of 16 residential burglaries in those neighborhoods, with five more break-ins reported from nearby communities. In addition, there have been eight cases of theft from motor vehicles and five vehicle thefts.
“Observe your surroundings and be a nosy neighbor,” Pearsall advised neighbors in an e-mail sent to community leaders last week. “Call 911 if you observe anyone acting suspiciously.”
She said providing a description of the suspects and their vehicles, including license tag numbers, can be a big help.
Pearsall also reminded residents to avoid leaving keys in their vehicles and to remove all valuables from inside their cars and trucks.
“A thief will gladly smash a window, just for a handful of change,” she said.
Pearsall said she has assigned a full-time detective to the property crime cases, and several supervisors also are working patrol and surveillance duties in the neighborhoods. In addition, the Westover Division plans to conduct license checkpoints and other traffic-related efforts.