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Crime Wave Has Brier Creek Residents Concerned

Posted January 30, 2008

— A string of crimes over the past few months in Raleigh's upscale Brier Creek area is alarming residents, who say they fear the situation will get worse if something is not done now.

The most recent incident was gunshots outside Bruce Matthews' home early Sunday morning. Police are still investigating.

"It was very alarming," Matthews said. "Very alarming, and something needs to be done."

The crimes have been mostly petty, said Kathi Hunter, Brier Creek's community watch committee chairwoman, but she said she fears they could get worse.

Police confirm more than 30 break-ins as well as thefts from open garages, but until the weekend, none had involved violence.

"It's escalating, and it's escalating to a point where eventually something bad's going to happen," Hunter said. "It's hitting our neighborhood extremely hard, and it has to stop."

The community scheduled a community watch meeting at the Brier Creek Country Club at 7 p.m. Thursday. Some people have said they want more of a police presence. Others say the homeowners' association should pay for a security officer to patrol the area.


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  • dlb800 Feb 1, 2008

    How about... get more firearms? Oh yeah, and be willing to
    use them.

  • Xiaoding Jan 31, 2008

    There is nothing funnier, or more amusing, then dumb yuppies moving into an area, then being suprised when all the crime that is there does not go away! Why, the nerve of that crime!

    The crime was there first! Crime has rights too!

  • gandalf1 Jan 31, 2008

    "Durham has nothing to do with the break-ins at Brier Creek.'

    When did you change jobs and become a detective with inside knowledge of who is commiting the crimes?

  • Space Mountain Jan 31, 2008

    Didn't they just lose a fight not too long ago to keep the city buses from coming to Brier Creek?

  • Felton23 Jan 31, 2008

    I don't really see the story here, except for the gun shots, and the story didn't really clarify if that was hear-say, or actuall "shots fired" calls or what. The reason why the media grabbed the story was because, like in Charlotte, when you say "Myers Park" or "Dillworth", everyone knows these are "nicer" areas so a crime there is interesting for the media, just like "Brier Creek" is a buzz word for Raleigh. I work for a PD, you would be amazed at what people leave in vehicles and open garages. Last year, IPods were the big item taken. This year, already seeing GPS units swiped. You might as well lay $300 on your drivers seat with a note saying "take me please". It is the world we live in unfortunately. Police can only do so much.

  • Timbo Jan 31, 2008

    I think it's the hippies coming around late at night stealing the stuff.

  • TarheelTurtle Jan 31, 2008

    Don't worry...by next year all those homes will be empty because people won't be able to afford their mortgages.

  • issymayake Jan 31, 2008

    "Sorry, but Angier Ave is the start of the ghetto side of east Durham. This is the same Angier Ave that runs into Driver Street. And Brier Creek is not too far from Durham. It's right on the border. All those nice neighborhoods you are talking about are surrounded by bad ones. That's why they built there, because the land was cheaper."

    The part of Angier anywhere near Brier Creek is nothing but country homes. The Driver Street area is seven miles away. Name some crime ridden neighborhoods within three miles of Brier Creek. Like I said, a city mile, not a country mile. There is plenty of suburban buffer between Brier Creek and the urban area of Durham. Most of the knock-off kids you are so scared of don't even have a way to GET to Brier Creek (no bus line and no car).

    Please listen to some of the comments already expressed here. These break-ins are more than likely local kids.

    BTW, the land was cheaper there because it was near an airport.

  • readme Jan 31, 2008

    I am tired of seeing all the posts that are ripping on Brier Creek or are saying it's people's fault for leaving a car unlocked or garage door open. It doesn't matter if something is easy to steal, it's still wrong to steal it. It is NEVER the victim's fault when theft occurs. Let's not forget what is important, which is that a bunch of low-life losers are out there stealing from people who work for a living. It's time to find ways to find them and punish them, so let's focus on that.

  • dukebbfan Jan 31, 2008

    Mike128- If it turns out to be kids in the neighbor and even with proof some parents probably wouldnt believe their kids were envolved. I know an officer that was involved in watching a particular store that was selling alchol to underage kids and they caught it all on tape and when the parents had to come to the station to pick up the kids and were shown the evidence they still didnt believe it.