Trying to figure out ways and means that other neighborhoods where able to reverse or halt crime trends. My home has been broken into twice and so has a neighbor. We are sick of it!
I'm sick and tired and I'm not going to take it anymore. The immediate answers that popped in my head aren't really answers at all. Get a gun. Call the police. Hide in my own home. Move! to be honest all of those options are not really options. neither is accepting the state that things are in right now. My home was robbed TODAY for the second time in 18 months. Its violating and feels downright disgusting. The fact that someone can come in and take what you've worked for is just wrong. No ifs ands or butts about it. At first your shocked and can't believe it. You get out of the car and see your rear window open and the screens laying on the ground. The alarm company has stopped monitoring and when they were monitoring the first time it still wasnt a deterant.
Calling the police only exhausts the situation more because your items and sense of security have walked right out the front door and there is really nothing they can do about it. They give you tips on how to better protect yourself, send someone to take finger prints of some clown who's never gonna get caught, at least not with your stuff. You will run through every emotion and in the end you still have to figure out what little white lie you're gonna tell your two and four year olds to explain why thier iPad is missing. (We've decided to tell them its getting fixed when they ask for it)
We took a risk moving into our neighboorhood almost 10 years ago. We figured it had no place to go but up considering the ilk of the folks in the surrounding homes. but since then my daughter comes into our room scared because she hears "fireworks" almost every night, the "good" neighbors have moved on to greener pastures, and the remaining people have no fight left in them. Moving isn't an option simply because its not and purchasing a firearm really does nothing but put my family in danger.
I still believe that my home and the neighborhood its in can be a desirable place to live but I'm just not sure how to accomplish it. Just last night I went and knocked on some doors to get a couple of the abandoned homes torn down, I figure its a start. The key however, is to move beyond the start. i'm very curious what other neighborhoods have done if anything to reverse, halt, or discourage crime?
Based on what you describe the first step would seem to be to resolve the issue with your alarm company. Other suggestions would depend greatly upon your individual situation. From my experience it's essential to report it to the police, and not only following a break in but if suspicious activity is observed. Maybe Lakewood is different, but it has been my understanding that police want the opportunity to solve crimes and need feedback from residents to do their job well. The next layer would be block clubs and multiplying the impact by adding more eyes on the street.
It's awful to have your home violated, let alone to have it happen twice. Hope this is somewhat helpful.