You don’t know how it feels until it happens to you.
On Wednesday night, a Manoa man’s home was ransacked. He didn’t want to be identified, but says more than $7,000 in valuables were swiped from his home.
Among the items were a couple of fishing reels, a Rolex watch, some cash, and two laptops storing more than 5,000 photos.
“You get angry, but more just disappointed and sad that the items like the photographs are friends and family that are no longer with me today. People that have passed on. That that’s all I have left of them,” the man said.
We wanted to know if other neighbors were hit that night. We learned two bicycles were also taken from homes on the same street.
Two days later, thieves broke into another home just one street over. That resident didn’t want to talk on camera, but told me the thieves came through a back window and took valuables worth $15,000.
Residents say crimes do happen in the area, but there are steps you can take to minimize it.
“We’re locking our doors more consistently, the cars. So yeah, I still think it’s a safe place, but we do take more precautions now,” said Michael Hayes, a Manoa resident.
“We try to be very careful. We did subscribe to an alarm service and we appreciate having those signs in the yard. I think that more important, though, is that the people on the street are alert here. We do look out for each other,” said Geoffrey White, a Manoa resident.
The victim says it’s an unfortunate learning experience, but hopes the thieves will at least return the computers.
“I think we all have to do due diligence and just realize you can get raided any time. To me, it’s a first. I’ve never been robbed like that so it’s educational, I guess you could say,” he said.
“Are you doing anything different to secure your valuables now?” KHON2 asked.
“Yeah, I make sure all my lights are on when I’m not home in the evening,” he said.
Residents also say you should get to know your neighbors and keep an eye out for one another.
For more information on Neighborhood Security Watches, visit this website.