Kailua residents see spike in home burglaries

Published On: Jun 18 2013 10:48:42 PM HST

The latest victim of the Kailua burglaries is University of Hawaii's basketball coach Gib Arnold.

KAILUA, OAHU -

The amount of burglaries in Kailua have more than doubled in the past month. According to HPDs website, 31 burglaries have occurred in the last 30 days. That's up from the average of 14 per month since December.

More than a half a dozen residents near the Kalaheo hillside that spoke with KITV4 said that they've either had their home broken into in the past or know someone in the area who has.

Melanie Herr had a near run in with burglars on Monday. She was with her grandkids in their house when thieves broke into her car. In a matter of minutes, she says they stole her Ipad and other personal items.

"Your house your home your property, you really feel invaded," says Herr, a Kailua resident.

According to other residents, Herr isn't alone. Just down the street, more residents told us stories about burglaries, including one home who's residents moved out after their home was broken into several times.

"It's kind of sort of on a occasional basis we'll hear about one neighbor or another having a problem," says Joe Tvrdy, a Kailua resident.

Joe Tvrdy's home was broken into twice. Jewelry, televisions and medication were taken on both occassions. They've since installed locking windows and plan on putting in security cameras and an alarm, but that's not the only measure of security they're taking.

"We talk to the neighbors who also have had problems and we kind of look out for each other," says Tvrdy.

HPD says its officers are following up on leads but no arrests have been made yet. Meanwhile, residents are taking matters into own hands.

"Everybody's still interested in other avenues of trying to address this because we do know that the system favors the criminal or seems that way at least to us," says Cory Mehau, an Olomana resident.

Mehau's home was burglarized on Saturday. He's created a Facebook page called "Hono Kailua," in hopes to get residents connected and use new technology to jump start old neighborhood watching ways.

"We came from the days where you do something wrong and by the time you get home they already know about it," says Mehau.

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Click the link below to view crime statistics in your area

http://www.honolulupd.org/information/index.php?page=crimemapping

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