Property crime rising in one Tucson neighborhood - Tucson News Now

Property crime rising in one Tucson neighborhood

Crime on the rise in one midtown neighborhood. (Source: Tucson News Now) Crime on the rise in one midtown neighborhood. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The city of Tucson is seeing a rise in property crimes, but it is possible that some of the crimes could be prevented.

Tucson News Now learned that most of the increases have been in and around the midtown area.

We checked and found that the Edgebrooke Village 2 neighborhood has been hit pretty hard recently. They have seen more than 15 property crimes in the past six months, including home burglaries, stolen cars, or car break-ins.

The catch in these cases is that some of the homeowners and car owners left their doors and windows unlocked, making it easy for the bad guys to get access to valuable items.

We spoke with the HOA president Diane Sauer about this problem.

Sauer has been living in her home for the past 24 years. She tells us when she first moved here there were very little concerns about crime. However, that has changed in the past few years.

“We have seen a huge increase in the crime in our area. I know it is rampant in all the areas. But ours, of course, is what we are concerned about," Sauer said.

The group recently held a community meeting with local law enforcement to talk about protecting home and vehicles and avoiding crime.  

Out of the 171 homes in the neighborhood, they only had six people show up.

Despite the low turnout, the group is reminding their residents to be vigilant. This means locking doors and windows for cars and homes.

The Tucson Police Department is offering a few tips to protect your home: 

  • Make your home a hard target for criminals.
  • Make sure the landscaping is trimmed, so thieves can’t hide behind tall brush.
  • If you’re going out of town, put lights on a timer and have family or friends check on the property.
  • Take pictures or write down serial numbers of valuable items. That way, if those things are stolen and then recovered, they can be returned to you.

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