Burglaries leave apartment residents uneasy in Southeast Washington
The first time the burglars broke into her Naylor Gardens apartment in July, Suzanne Mansfield was in bed and using her iPad.
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#1 Nov 5, 2013
I am responding in reference to the article by Clarence Williams ON EDGE October 27th. I am a retired DC Metropolitan Police Officer who was introduced to Naylor Gardens in 1971 and was so impressed with the quiet tree lined neighborhood that I encouraged my family throughout the years to live/own here. As a result we have offspring, in-laws, nieces & nephews that live and or own here our own family within the larger Naylor Gardens family. I am the Public Safety chair of the Hillcrest Community Civic Association and the chair of the Security committee at Naylor Gardens. I also wear another hat as the Neighborhood Watch coordinator for PSA 606/Hillcrest. We have lived in Hillcrest 38years and downsized to an apartment at Naylor Gardens a year ago. Naylor Gardens has always been a beautiful serene place to live the burglaries are an anomaly. We are more use to looking out the windows and seeing deer, squirrels, and opossums and yes the only mask critters are the Raccoons. The Burglaries have occurred mostly at night via AC or unsecured windows mostly in unoccupied apartments from the back of the buildings. As pointed out in the article “Its wooded and secluded expanse, provides dark places and cover for criminals.”
Just as Hillcrest is known as the BEST KEPT SECRET in DC Naylor Gardens is the BEST KEEP SECRET in Hillcrest. It is not only a co-op but has affordable rental units. Yes we have been frustrated in Hillcrest/Naylor Gardens but now we are ON GUARD. Our approach is Lights, Camera and Action. As noted part of the strategy is “upgraded lighting” we are surveying the grounds for additional lighting to deny criminals dark places for cover. We are also going to add cameras including at our six Bus Stops. As for the ACTION we requested and received more visible Police presents in the community overt and covert .We have revitalized our Neighborhood Watch program and trained residents on crime issues. Now our residents are peering out their windows for more than the beauty. Our burglaries have been mostly CRIMES OF OPPORTUNITY. Educating our residents via flyers, training and emails is part of that strategy. We also intend to write impact statements when the offenders are apprehended, tried and convicted. As a retired Police Officer I am of the opinion that the burglaries are the results of only one small group. As the song says “WE AIN’T GONNA TAKE IT – ANYMORE.” This crime problem is only temporary I invite your readers to google map Naylor Gardens and walk our neighborhood or check us out at http://www.naylorgardensapt.com . Naylor Gardens is the home of police officers, firefighters, government workers, retirees and just plain folks. It is a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful neighbors. It is a short Bus ride to Eastern Market, downtown and a longer ride to Georgetown and Friendship Heights. Or if preferred catch the Metro at the Naylor Rd Station.
#2 Nov 5, 2013
If you wake up in the dark and see your wide screen tv floating in the air just shout, "Drop it Nigguh!". Better yet buy a .357 Magnum.
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