Burglars target busy Yakima neighborhoodsPosted: Updated:
Yakima, WASH--Five to seven burglaries a day is normal in Yakima say police. So-called nice neighborhoods can be targets.
Alice Macias lives across the street from Kissel Park. Her neighborhood is full of people walking dogs and children playing outside. But that didn't stop criminals from breaking into her home in broad daylight.
Burglars broke through Ali's back yard, ripped off her screen door and smashed a rock through her sliding glass door. They took small, expensive, items they could get out with quickly: lap tops, jewelry, and car and house keys.
The Macias were surprised the burglary happened in such a busy area. "We thought we lived in a safe place because we are near a park", says Ali.
But that might be exactly why it happened there.
"There's a certain amount of hiding in plain sight so to speak. If the burglars are coming and going around certain residences or properties, they fit in with everyone else."
Ali is now working to start a block watch so she and her neighbors can keep better track of who comes and goes through their busy neighborhood. Police say neighbor tips are key to catching the criminals.
Police say that bottom line, if a person wants to get in your home they can. However keeping your doors and windows secure, having vigilant neighbors, and putting on your alarm are good deterrents.