Some New Haven residents worried cameras are not enough to deter thieves
NEW HAVEN, Feb 09, 2013 (New Haven Register - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Some residents in the area around Pearl Street are worried that video cameras aren't enough to deter package thieves.
One camera on Pearl Street recently caught an alleged package thief in the act.
The man in the video appears to exit a car from the driver's seat and then nonchalantly take at least one package from a doorstep. He then placed the package or packages in the car and left.
The incident was reported to police and they are investigating it, said Officer David Hartman, police spokesman.
Package theft from doorsteps has been a common problem in the area since the Christmas season, said Lisa Siedlarz, who distributed the video. Siedlarz is an organizer in the neighborhood affiliated with the SoHu (South of Humphrey) Neighborhood Association.
"It's getting ridiculous, it's happening almost every day," she said. "They don't even care that they are being recorded."
Siedlarz said that she plans to further discuss the issue with police at the next block watch meeting on Feb. 20. Police have been notified about the thefts and one man was caught by police on Bishop Street, she said.
Similar thefts have happened on Bishop, Clark, Pearl and Pleasant streets, Siedlarz said. One neighbor in the area was able to stop a thief in the act by yelling at him, she said. The man put down the packages and left the area.
Police recommend that residents have someone ready to receive packages or notify the carrier that they would like them to be held at a secure location, Hartman said. Package thieves are difficult to pick out because they typically look and act like regular residents, he said.
Call Rich Scinto at 203-789-5748.
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