With the weather turning cooler, and football and fire pit season upon us, it’s time for my fall update on city happenings on Lexington’s Southside.
There is increasing concern about property crimes in our Southside neighborhoods. Car break-ins are on the rise, known as “larcenies from autos” (LFA), but home burglaries are also a serious problem. From June through September, the Lexington Police Department received reports of 96 LFAs and 37 residential burglaries from South Lexington. By comparison, during the previous four months Lexington’s police received reports of 54 LFAs and 42 residential burglaries from South Lexington.
These are crimes of opportunity when thieves find car doors unlocked, garages open, front doors open, or valuables in plain sight. Please remember to remove valuables from your car and lock your doors. Also remember to keep your garage closed and your home locked at all times. A recent technique burglars have used is to snatch purses from kitchen tables.
Preventing crime in our neighborhoods is everyone’s responsibility. We must look out for each other by letting our neighbors know when they have left their garages open at night or when we see something suspicious. Most importantly, please report all crimes and suspicious activity to the police by calling 911 for emergencies and (859) 258-3600 for non-emergencies. The police don’t know your neighborhood has a crime problem if you don’t tell them what’s going on.