Allentown residents cautious as thefts rise within the metropolis

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Theft incidents have gone up this yr within the metropolis of Allentown, and residents say they’re on excessive alert.

“I am at all times edgy. I am at all times watching my again,” stated Magaly Reyes, Allentown. “You simply by no means know.”

There have been a whole bunch extra experiences of individuals having issues stolen within the first two months of this yr when in comparison with the identical time final yr.

“You simply at all times have to concentrate on your environment,” Reyes stated.

A person who lives within the Hamilton Towers flats stated his catalytic converter was stolen off his automobile proper out within the parking zone again on March 18. The person did not need to be recognized for worry of turning into a goal, however he stated the crime price him round $700.

“He simply put me in a giant monetary bind by stealing an element simply to produce his behavior or no matter he is doing,” the person stated, “nevertheless it tousled anyone’s life.”

The person stated he reported the theft to police, with photos of the person who did it caught on safety digital camera.

“They stated they was going to return on Monday and take a look at the cameras,” the person stated. “They by no means did, and this particular person has by no means been caught.”

69 Information reached out to police, however they haven’t but responded about whether or not they’re investigating the theft.

Simply down the road on the Prime Rated Purchase, Promote, and Commerce pawn store, an worker named Steve stated he needed to name his boss on March 31 after a thief walked out with $400 price of merchandise.

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“He walked out with three packing containers of sneakers and people sneakers,” Steve stated.

In keeping with information, crimes like these aren’t uncommon — they’re a part of a pattern. There have already been 111 extra reported larcenies within the first two months of 2022 than in 2021. 

Louie Figueroa with Life Church off Eighth Avenue within the metropolis says the church has sadly been victims of crime previously.

“We’ve got had just a few attempt to break in,” stated Figueroa, who manages operations for the church. “We had our snowblower, they broke in and stole our snowblower.”

The church has taken further precautions in consequence.

“We put up cameras and simply attempt to maintain the constructing and the realm underneath surveillance,” Figueroa stated.

Allentown Police Chief Charles Roca says because the world will get again to regular, extra persons are out, and a few are utilizing it as an in — to interrupt in.

“We’ve got extra of us out and about,” Roca stated, “and there is perhaps people who find themselves making the most of the state of affairs.”

So what’s being carried out to assist handle the issue?

“Along with our patrol officers on the market, we even have the 9 p.m. routine which is a social media marketing campaign to create a behavior, ‘Hey, did I put my valuables away? Did I lock my automobile door? Did I flip my mild on?'” Roca stated.

Whereas victims are being extra cautious, they need police to deal with stopping these crimes.

“I do know the police have much more, there’s much more larger circumstances to resolve proper now and different circumstances to are likely to,” Steve stated. “This may be low on their radar.”

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“Attempt to get the actual criminals,” stated the person at Hamilton Towers. “Spend their time on that.”

Roca stated the commonest crime police are seeing are thefts out of vehicles, so he stated folks ought to be certain to at all times lock their doorways and maintain valuables out of sight.

And for those who see one thing taking place, there are many issues you are able to do to handle it. 

“If there’s suspicious exercise, you may report it in varied methods,” Roca defined. “Calling our communications middle, to submitting a tip to TIP-411 or our police web site, or giving our police desk a name.”

Roca stated folks locally “can take lively half in collaborating with us to scale back such a crime.”