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String of Riverwest break-ins has residents on alert
MILWAUKEE - A series of break-ins have neighbors in the Riverwest neighborhood on alert.
Teresa Reyes says she pays close attention to the Riverwest neighborhood watch page on Facebook and she has watched crime be reported on it nearly every day recently. Reyes' own home was broken into twice in the last three years.
The last burglary to her home happened in August, but it wasn't until she saw police at her child's school this week that she decided to contact TODAY's TMJ4.
Police were called to the Fratney Street School Monday morning after a window was broken. Milwaukee public schools have stopped short of calling what happened an attempted break-in. But, even a broken window is concerning to neighbors considering River West's uptick in burglaries.
"They stole our TV, laptops, Xbox, Wii consoles, and my purse all in a manner of five, ten minutes," said Reyes.
Nearly 200 homeowners in the Riverwest neighborhood were burglarized between January 1st and August 31st of this year. Police say typically, burglars gain entry through an unlocked door or window. They are also known to remove air conditioning units and peel away the siding on garage doors. But none of these apply to the Reyes family.
"Yes, we took all the precautions, I mean our gates are padlocked, the doors were completely shut, the blinds closed, everything that we could possibly do was done," said Reyes.
Even Reyes' dog wasn't enough to keep burglars out. They busted a back glass patio door just minutes after Reyes had gone shopping with her children. It's going to cost $2500 to fix it. The experience has left her feeling vulnerable.
"Scared, I mean each night we're home, I mean every noise, every bark, the dog does, we're always, you know, peak out, take a look, just I'm afraid to come home at night," said Reyes.