Do not give up. That’s the message Honolulu police are spreading after a recent rash of crime in Kailua.
Residents there are fed up and had a lot of questions for police, who met with them Tuesday night to address their concerns.
“Obviously there’s a definite problem in our community. I was just burglarized two weeks ago. They’re targeting designer bags, jewelry, wallets, etc.,” a Kailua resident said. “So my question is, can the law enforcement coalition put together legislation similar to the copper and pawn shops to have fingerprints done when people try to consign these items?”
“That’s a very viable question and solution. But we do have pawn shops that require pawn tickets and they have to utilize aids prior to giving property they’re trying to pawn, but I think that’s a step further,” Honolulu Police Department acting Sgt. Alfred Kanoho.
“I was burglarized as well so I have a vested interest in this whole thing. And a lot of the statistics I keep seeing is the same, 7 percent of repeat offenders are responsible for 70 percent of the crime, ” another Kailua resident said. “Is it possible once someone has been convicted and is determined to be a repeat offender that you guys can post their information so we know who to look out for?”
“That would pose a problem for us because the person is innocent until proven guilty. And that’s something that has to go and get changed in certain legislature,” Sgt. Kanoho said.
The meeting was held at Kailua District Park, the same place where a man was fatally stabbed just last week.
“And after what happened the other night, how are we allowing this to go on right here? Right behind the gymnasium. It’s been going on for six years. The park is not our park anymore. The park has been taken over by other people, by criminal elements,” a Kailua resident said.
“That’s part of the Neighborhood Security Watch approach. We want people to get passionate about your neighborhood, be concerned,” HPD Lt. Tasman McKee said.
“We’re not here because we need a security watch because a lot of us are already doing that,” a Kailua resident said.
“We are out here number one is to continue this Neighborhood Security Watch. There are going to be times of disappointment. There’s going to be times of frustration. What we need you to do is continue to be vigilant. We need you out there. Because if you’ve given up, or if you’re not going to concern yourself anymore, we’re going to lose,” Lt. McKee said.
Police are holding another meeting on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:45 p.m. at Kailua District Park. It’s for all residents in Windward Oahu, not just Kailua.