Police make significant arrests, see drop in Windward burglaries

Neighborhood Security Watch

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Honolulu police have arrested some of the people believed to be responsible for burglaries on the Windward side.

They say the arrests happened in part because of witnesses who came forward.

Police can’t be everywhere, so they rely on help from the community.

A home is where one should feel safe, but burglaries can make one feel unsafe.

Sen. Jill Tokuda represents parts of Windward Oahu, from Kaelepulu to Ahuimanu. She says her home was burglarized a few years ago.

“And while we can replace the cash and cameras and laptops, you’ll never be able to replace the jewelry that was left by family members that are no longer with you. You’ll never replace that sense of security that was lost,” Sen. Tokuda said.

She understands what burglary victims have been through.

Sen. Tokuda invited members of the HPD Community Policing Team to her town hall meeting at Windward Community College Tuesday night in an effort to take back the community.

“Crime is a crime of opportunity. We can’t control their desire and their ability, but we can control the opportunity for a criminal to victimize someone,” HPD Officer Kimo Omerod said.

Recently, there was an upswing in home burglaries, business burglaries, and car break-ins in Windward Oahu.

“However we have made some significant arrests. And we’ve noticed they have lowered a little,” HPD Lt. Tasman McKee said.

Police don’t believe the suspects were working together as part of one group and there still are other suspects on the loose.

“There is still cause for concern. That’s why we’re doing this neighborhood program,” Lt. McKee said.

Police are trying to get as much participation from the community as they can.

“I’m in charge of Kaneohe and right now in the Kaneohe area we actively have 19 Neighborhood Security Watches. Out of that 19 groups, I have seven active Citizen Patrol groups,” Omerod said.

In Kailua, some residents even took it one step further by starting a Facebook page called Hono Kailua. People share their own experiences and tell others what to look out for.

“We need your help because there’s only 2,500 of us and 1.5 million people on this island,” Omerod said.

Anyone interested in starting up a Neighborhood Security Watch or Citizens Patrol group should call HPD.

HPD Community Policing: http://www.honolulupd.org/community/index.php

The District 1 (Central Honolulu)
Community Policing Team
808-529-3695

The District 2 (Mililani / Wahiawa / North Shore)
Community Policing Team
808-723-8710

The District 3 (Pearl City)
Aiea/Pearl City Community Policing Team  808-723-8805
Waipahu Community Policing Team  808-723-8864

The District 4 (Kaneohe / Kailua / Kahuku)
Community Policing Team
808-723-8874

The District 5 (Kalihi- From Salt Lake to Nuuanu)
Community Policing Team
808-723-8230

The District 6 (Waikiki)
Community Policing Team
808-723-3349

The District 7 (East Honolulu)
Community Policing Team
808-723-3352

The District 8 (Kapolei / Waianae)
Community Policing Team
808-723-8411

HPD Community Affairs Division
808-723-3475

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