River Bend HOA says complacency is causing more break-ins
BATON ROUGE- Police say 237 guns have been stolen this year, of that 94 were out of vehicles. One of the hardest-hit subdivisions is right off Brightside called River Bend.
In River Bend lives Pete Bush, who’s been there for more than 15 years, telling WBRZ last month he was taken by surprise.
“Well we were leaving early in the morning to go on a trip out of town and as soon as we left the video camera showed that we got broken into,” said Bush
It was 5 a.m. when they left their house, the burglars then climbed through the back window into the house stealing three TVs. The alarms didn’t go off because Bush didn't set them, saying his son was coming home in a few hours. Instead, he learned his lesson.
"It didn't happen to me, it happened for me, so I can get more vigilant about setting the alarm, I guarantee we set it every day since,” said Bush.
Bush isn't the only one who has fallen victim to this mistake, and the River Bend Homeowners Association President said a number of residents have let their guard down.
“I don't consider it a break-in if your car is unlocked," said Adrienne Bowser, the HOA president.
She's been the president for 10 years now saying over the past two, theft has become a bigger issue.
"All of a sudden the world changed and now you have to make sure your doors are locked. I think it's just the way society is going,” said Bowser.
He wants to remind people to be more aware.
“If people see you are letting your guard down then yes they will come into your area", said Bowser.
While residents like Maria, have caught suspects on video, pulling at car handles in the middle of the night to see if they are open.
“Very fortunate our cars were locked and I also caught them with the cameras checking the front door for packages,” said Maria.
Not everyone was that lucky.
"They did take some weapons from vehicles that were unlocked, which is very dangerous," said Maria.
Maria wants to see security, Pete, on the other hand, says, he's not worried.
"I've never felt unsafe here, even though everywhere in Baton Rouge you are close to some unsafe area,” said Pete.
The HOA asks that residents who notice suspicious activity give them a call.
The Association says cameras and security are in place, and now residents must also do their part.