Windward residents persist in stance against crime

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Windward Oahu residents turned out in full force again Wednesday night.

For many, it was their second time around to hear what’s being done to keep their community in check against criminals.

“They see how big of a crowd tonight and last night and realize now we care and are vocal,” Kailua resident Caroline Viola said.

They have reason to be. Between March and June of this year there have been 536 car break-ins compared to 336 in 2011 and 282 in 2012 (during same four-month time frame).

There have been 113 car thefts compared to 88 in 2011 and 73 in 2012.

There have been 616 thefts compared to 649 in 2011 and 557 in 2012.

There have been 265 burglaries compared to 277 in 2011 and 250 in 2012.

“Police have a never-ending job in front of them until punishment deters the activity,” Kailua resident Mike Taylor said.

Honolulu Police Officers from the District 4 area — which covers Makapuu to Kahuku — gave the low down on what they plan to do to decrease crime and reduce fear.

“I assure its Honolulu Police Department and Chief Kealoha’s main goals is the reduction in Property Crime,” HPD Capt. Dagan Tsuchida said.

HPD is taking a new approach called “intelligence led policing,” something that has not been done before to the same level it is now.

HPD hears of an area with a recent spike in crime and calls an all hands on deck — deploying patrol units and under cover officers to stake out that area, waiting for a criminal to strike.

That approach led to an arrest in Keolu Hiils this week and it’s not the first time.

“Over the last two weeks property crime has dropped in Windward District as a whole,”  Capt. Tsuchida said.

On Wednesday, seven people were also picked up for property crimes in Kailua.

HPD says it’s staying on top of this increase in crime, but it’s not all up to them.

“Crime has never been and never will be a police problem, it’s always been a community problem,” HPD Officer Spencer Anderson said.

At Wednesday night’s meeting, 40 people signed up for the neighborhood security watch, which police say marks a huge interest.

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