RECENT UPDATE – It was reported to the GNL that a suspect sought for “some” Ghent burglaries has been caught.
However, with the holiday weekend approaching, please use continued vigilance to ensure your house is secured if you are away and continue to look out for any neighbors. As always, report ANY suspicious items to the Police.
Secondly, awhile back there was concern in West Ghent that a white van followed a child on her bike. Fortunately, as Officer Medley advised, it has been determined that this was case of not recognizing the person in the van and a very well train child.
Please be aware: since the beginning of the year, the Ghent area has seen an unusually high increase in residential burglaries to both apartments and single family homes. Offenders enter in just about any way possible – front and back doors and windows. In some cases, these entry points are unlocked, but many times they are secured. We have heard of methods from windows actually being dismantled to the front door being knocked in. The majority of break ins occur during the day hours but are not limited to night hours, even when residents are at home.
The police know of our concerns since the initial increase back in March/April and have reported increasing patrol to the area. Their best means of success is to receive tips from area residents.
Our main contact, Officer Jacob Medley, has provided the following description of whom they believe is the main person involved in these crimes and throughout Norfolk. We are waiting on a photo as well and will update this posting when provided.
” He is a black male, approximately 5’7” and 150 lbs. He has short natural haircut. If you see him or anything suspicious please call the police.”
With the last summer holiday weekend coming upon us please do the normal activities when leaving town. If you stay in town, please keep an eye out.
- Secure all methods of entry (i.e. doors, windows).
- Stop mail.
- Let a neighbor know you will be out of town and provide contact info.
- Turn on your alarm if you have one.
- Install motion sensor lights around your property.
- Have lights set on a timer.
- Have a radio or tv playing loudly (but not too loud to drive your neighbors crazy).
- Please remember that even having a loud barking dog is not a guarantee of 100% security. In some instances these burglaries have occurred in homes with average sized dogs.
Please report ANYTHING not normal to the police by calling 911. Do not attempt to check the person or situation out. You might be saving a neighbor, a family member or even yourself from becoming a victim.
The Ghent Sector Rep program will be meeting in the next couple months. This program is most successful when there are more people active in the program. If you are interested please contact Emily by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org