Austin neighborhood fighting back after home burglarized twice in two days
A North Austin neighborhood is fighting back and banding together after there have been multiple break-ins in the past few weeks.
Homeowners just south of Hwy 183 and east of North Lamar say they've had several break-ins in the past few weeks. Then on October 16, someone threw a rock through Jan Heimlich's daughter's window.
Heimlich was on her way out of town, but thankfully she says an alarm scared the would be burglars away. That was a little scary, until she got another call from the alarm company.
"The next night, they broke in again," Heimlich said.
At 7 p.m. someone crawled through her daughter's bathroom window. Then they opened the back door. Thankfully that triggered the alarm again and Heimlich says they left and nothing was ever stolen.
"It's just very much a violation," Heimlich said.
That meant someone broke into her home two days in a row. It was a scary thought for her and her daughter and it was the last straw for the neighborhood.
After that around 30 people gathered at Heimlich's house, with an APD officer, and talked about safety in their neighborhood and about forming a neighborhood watch.
"It was great to get everybody together and talk about how we can try to make our neighborhood safer," Heimlich said.
Heimlich says they plan on getting together once a month. They'll also form a way of getting in contact with each other through text or email in case people see something going on.
"I think what makes me feel a lot better is knowing that there are so many of our neighbors that are being vigilant," Heimlich said.
Heimlich says police told her they have made a couple arrests in connection with the burglaries and a lot of homeowners have gotten their stolen items back.
However, she says they've been other break-ins after those arrests.
She says they've added locks to the fence and breaker box, but she says her best protection are her neighbors.