Safety concerns in neighborhood where officer shot - Tucson News Now

Safety concerns in neighborhood where officer shot

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Sergeant Robert Carpenter (Source: TPD) Sergeant Robert Carpenter (Source: TPD)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Neighbors have serious concerns about the safety of the neighborhood where Tucson Police Sergeant Robert Carpenter was shot.

He was responding a burglary alarm yesterday in the area of Broadway and Alvernon when it happened. About a week ago, a home in the area was broken into.

Neighbors say crimes like that are becoming way too common.

Larry Rosenthal says built-in storage compartments and outside sheds in his neighborhood have been targeted by thieves. He keeps his spaces relatively empty.

"Recently there have been a lot of home burglaries and people are becoming aware that that's happening," he said. 

Earlier this month, Rosenthal's neighbor across the street fell victim to burglars.

Before that, Rosenthal says he unwittingly watched crooks ransack the house next to him.

"Some guy pulled up in an SUV along with a female driver, got out, went into the garage and these people had just recently moved in," he said. 

According to CrimeReports.com, there have been 12 incidents of theft in the past two months in the Peter Howell neighborhood. Three of them were burglaries.

Rosenthal has a dog, an admittedly outdated security system, and a bunch of locks.

He says recent crime still has him feeling nervous.

"As I leave the house I'm a little leery about someone breaking in," he said. 

Many of the residents that were burglary victims are afraid of being targeted again.

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