Residents of Jackson's Fondren and Belhaven neighborhoods are cautioning their fellow neighbors to be vigilant amid what they're calling a crime spree of house burglaries.
Jeff Good, who lives and owns businesses in Fondren, sent out the word on Facebook. "We obviously have a group of criminals stalking our neighborhood (and Belhaven) and breaking in. We have all seen the myriad of postings ... looks like we are averaging 3 - 4 a day, all in the mid-morning/early afternoon (9 - 1 p.m.)," Good wrote.
Good added "the current list of suspect cars are a older model two-door white Honda Accord sedan with a spoiler on the back (that is a raised fin on the trunk of the car... like a race car would have. Another vehicle is grey Chrysler 300."
It's hard to quantifiably determine whether there's been any spike in crime. Overall house burglaries were down between Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, as well as in the last 28 days and year-to-date through Oct. 13, JPD data show. Any spree that commenced after Sunday of this week will not show up until next week's crime report is published.
Nevertheless, Good and other residents are erring on the side of caution. Precinct 4 Commander James McGowan wrote Good back about how residents could keep themselves and their property safe. Good posted McGowan's response on Facebook:
"Call the Police Department immediately at 911 for any suspicious activity (people and vehicles). Call 911 first and report the information as detailed as possible. Anyone going door to door should be immediately reported. If you have windows and doors with no curtains, do not leave laptop computers other items where they can be easily seen by someone walking up to the door.
"We have increased patrol in the Belhaven and Fondren. Directive Patrols are being done in Belhaven, Fondren, Eastover and all througout Precinct Four. There were and always will be at least 10 officers on each of the 10 beats we have in Precinct Four, plus at least one Sergeant out on the streets. We have the Direct Action Response Team, the newly reconstructed Jackson Police Department Reserve Unit, Quality of Life officers and other units in our area patrolling.
"If you see a suspicious person or vehicle, please call 911 immediately. Call us first.
"We are looking for several vehicles in reference to recent burglaries (both auto and house burglaries). We are looking for a grey Chrysler 300, a white 1992ish Chevrolet Silverado, and a honda vehicle that has been described as an accord type of vehicle. The main thin is continue to be aware of your surroundings and the neighborhood. If it looks suspicious, call 911. There is and always will be a 10 beat officers working along with at least one sergeant.
"Get tag numbers, use your cell phone to take a picture of the suspect and suspect vehicle."