2 boys arrested after Kalihi school break-in

Kapalama Elementary School

It’s been a tough week for school officials at Kapalama Elementary School.

On Tuesday night, several expensive items were swiped from a classroom including an iMac computer, an iPod dock and a digital camera.

On Wednesday night, the same classroom was broken into — but this time, the suspects didn’t get away.

Principal Patricia Dang says two boys were arrested, but officials could not confirm if they were also responsible for Tuesday’s burglary.

Dang says there is an increase in crimes during the summer.

“The main reason why I think it happens during the summer is there’s no teacher. There’s less traffic during the day,” she said.

In light of the break-ins, Dang hopes to make some changes.

In addition to the lights outside of the classrooms, school officials are looking into purchasing motion-detector lights to keep criminals off campus.

The Honolulu Police Department says neighbors are key for keeping school crime down and offers the following tips:

  • If you spot someone who shouldn’t be on campus, call 911.
  • Try to provide details. Police need to know how many people are involved, a description and where the incident is taking place on campus.

HPD also says teaching kids proper values starts at home, a practice Dang agrees with.

“Just be vigilant. Watch your kids. If you suspect something, generally, your gut feelings are correct. You may want to ask them some questions. Talk to them and see what they’re getting into,” Dang said.

The school is also considering security cables to keep computers locked in place, but Dang says it will depend on what’s available in the school’s budget.

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