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West Raleigh Burglar Favors Daylight Duty

Posted December 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Imagine locking all the doors and all the windows, leaving on a light and even television set and still feeling unsafe inside your home. People in a Raleigh neighborhood are dealing with that kind of fear, and it's not unreasonable. There have been 10 burglaries in a small area off Western Boulevard, on the Raleigh-Cary line, since mid-November.

Bill Roberts witnessed someone climbing over a tree over the weekend. He couldn't get a good glimpse of the person. That shadowy image was a burglar. The crook broke a window, and made off with a bicycle, a camera lens and jewelry. Roberts is now the latest victim of the West Raleigh daytime burglary spree.

"The scariest thing for me was when I found he had taken a three pound sledge hammer from one of our toolboxes and had it sitting by the door as he was taking stuff in case somebody walked in on him," Roberts recalls.

The latest robbery happened on Grovewood Lane. Other burglaries have happened on Dunwoody, Shaub, Driftwood, Grove and Powell. Almost all of them happened in broad daylight. All of the crimes have been concentrated in less than a square mile area off Western Boulevard.

Janet Mobley is concentrating on bringing the neighbors together. Mobley hopes she can be more aware of what's going on around her home and her neighbors' homes, since she's home during the day.

Martha Harvey suggests homeowners hide their most valuable items, and leave the others to be replaced by insurance. She says things like TVs can be bought again. Jewelry and nostalgic items can often be irreplaceable.

Day or night, there are some steps you can take to protect your home:

  • Replace doorknobs with pushbutton locks.
  • Get more secure locks for your windows.
  • Don't leave an extra house key under the doormat, a flower pot or other "secret" place.
  • Trim the shrubbery around your home.