Break-ins on the rise in parts of Evansville

Same part of town, same problem
Published: Apr. 18, 2019 at 10:16 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Homeowners have called our newsroom expressing their frustrations about recent property break-ins.

Police say crime generally spikes with warmer weather. It’s not even hot yet, but there have already been multiple reports of break-ins, several within blocks of each other in Evansville.

We’ve spotted reports coming from Vanbibber Avenue, Conlin, Zoar and Culverson Avenue this week.

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“It happened this weekend. We were still awake,” said Kim Wallen, who lives on Culverson. “We’ve had many.”

About a year ago Wallen recounted the time she actually had a run in with a perpetrator in her back yard.

“I came out with my coffee to sit on my back steps," Wallen explained, "and I noticed my back garage door was open. It’s not something that’s usually left open so I thought it was odd. Just as I started to step on out and sit down, the man ran out of my garage.”

The Wallens say they’ve taken just about every measure to protect their home. They have motion lighting, LED installations, and they say they lock their doors diligently. After this weekend, they’re now looking to invest in security cameras.

Wallen is also banking on the power of communication in her neighborhood. She’s created dozens of fylers, asking others who’ve had brean-ins to contact her. She knows some of the burglaries have gone unreported.

“I want to feel safe in my home, and I know there’s others,” Wallen said.

She hopes to track the break-ins, then go to police and ask for more patrol.

“I want to feel safe in my neighborhood, and just not be scared of who’s lurking around the corner," she said.

Police always encourage you to invest in home security and call to make a report.

You can send an anonymous tip to authorities here or call the tip line at (812) 435-6194.

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