Residents concerned over recent neighborhood burglaries - - Jackson, MS

Residents concerned over recent neighborhood burglaries

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By Bert Case - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A northeast Jackson lawyer says there have been at least five house burglaries in his neighborhood in the past month. And he's not happy about the number of police patrols in the area. 

It is a normally quiet, peaceful neighborhood of mostly well kept homes that were built in the 50's to 70's.   Johnny Givens lives on Pinelane Drive and is not a victim of the burglars, but is speaking out for his neighbors. Four of them are on Pinelane and one on Wayneland Drive, one street over.  

He says the burglars work when people are away from home, usually at work, and they determine if anybody is home by knocking on doors. "What they do is they knock on doors and then they come back to see if anybody is home, and once they determine that nobody his home, they usually go around back and either kick in a door, or window." 

Givens says the burglars usually take flat screen TV's, computers and other electronic equipment, plus jewelry. "I have lived here six years and in the six years I have lived here, I have seen a cop car maybe three times." 

A neighbor up the street, Andrea Sabillon, also wants to see more police patrols. "I know that they are doing something, but I think since there have been five burglaries alone, I think they need to be doing a lot more." 

Givens says this is a good neighborhood where neighbors look out for one another.  It happens to be in precinct four. It's the precinct with the greatest reduction in crime in recent years. 

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