Crime increases in local neighborhoods!
Posted in the Montgomery County Forum
#1 Jan 30, 2012
Police say that cold weather and bad economy may be contributing to the violent crime such as robbery and other felony crime!
Neighbors have also been alarmed by an uptick of robberies along Western Avenue in Maryland and the District– police say they’ve noted the trend in the past month. WTOP reported Thursday that armed assailants have robbed as many as 10 people since December, targeting wallets, cash and phones.
“How can I have my kids play out in the front yard? That’s what some of the moms from school are feeling,” said Caroline Swann, whose children attend Westbrook Elementary School.“I really feel like I’m a little bit under siege. I don’t know if our area is being targeted.”
In response to the robberies and burglaries, neighbors tell Patch they’re taking precautions like installing extra lighting and alarm systems, locking doors and windows, and organizing walking parties to and from the Friendship Heights Metro.
Pam Coblin, a Green Acres resident, said that when she sees a neighbor walking from her community to the Friendship Heights Metro, she’ll stop to give them a ride.
Following Wednesday’s home invasion, Langsfeld, who has helped develop an informal neighborhood watch by passing out fliers and helping sign up neighbors to the local listserv, said public safety discussions grew more urgent.
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