Saturday, June 26, 2010

Email From Chief O'Guinn

Police Chief Jody O'Guinn recently sent this email out to the Arbor District email list:

During the recent interview of a burglary arrestee, the individual divulged that he committed over 18 burglaries. In many of the burglaries, which were during daylight hours when residents were not at home, he simply entered through an unlocked door or broke into the residence. Using his girlfriend as a lookout, he would carry out belongings and place them in a vehicle, all while neighbors were watching and waving at him as if he lived there.

This is disturbing to me. First, that some neighbors don’t really pay attention to who lives in the houses next to them and second, if they do, they don’t report a suspicious person or suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Finally, some of the burglaries were not even reported to the police. We generated the reports after contacting the victims that the offender identified, to verify that there had indeed been a burglary. It is very difficult to forecast trends without accurate information.

Please encourage residents in your Emails to report suspicious persons and suspicious activity immediately, so that we may have the opportunity to respond and investigate. It is one way that the citizen’s can help us decrease the amount of burglaries that are occurring, by identifying those who are brazen enough to commit these crimes during daylight hours.

As always, thank you for all that you do to assist in making our City a safer place to live, work and raise our families.

With every best wish,
Jody O'Guinn

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