Kaaawa hasn’t had another reported burglary for nearly two weeks. The last identified by HPD was on May 10. Did heightened awareness in the community begin to serve as a deterrent? I don’t know.
Meanwhile, a reader wrote:
Last time our
neighborhood in Kaneohe was burglarized we figured out who did it by going to the grocery store and describing the guy a neighbor saw walking around who didn’t live there. Yes, we did find out who he was, and no, HPD didn’t arrest him. We have a systemic failure and I’m sure HPD is suffering under it too. I think Chief Kealoha is a great new start and we can build support for HPD by clarifying what we actually expect them
And an email message went out this past week to members of the Manoa Neighborhood Security Watch, where security cameras along the street interrupted an apparently burglary.
There was an attempted burglary today on the 3200 Block of Huelani Dr. at approx. 1:45pm.
Two suspects in a very dark metallic gray Nissan Maxima with custom chrome wheels, lic. plate XCLR8 attempted to break into a Huelani Dr. NSW member’s home. The victim coincidently was remotely (via security camera) viewing the driveway of his home from work and noticed suspicious activity in front of his home, seeing the same vehicle described above slowly cruise by his home several times.
One female occupant of the vehicle walked down his driveway to the front door while the male occupant of the vehicle attempted to break into the rear of the home. HPD was immediately notified. Both were captured on video only–stay tuned for photos. They left empty handed after being interrupted by a neighbor, before police arrived. They are still at large.
Incidentally, this same vehicle is known to HPD and was the subject of Officer Forman’s alert several weeks ago, being wanted in connection to burglaries in the Maunalani Hts. area. (see 4/27/11 alert). It appears these criminals target certain areas at a time, and it is quite possible they will continue their crimes in our neighborhood for several weeks unless apprehended.
It appears security cameras that can be viewed remotely can be an effective tool, especially like in Manoa where neighbors along Huelani have networked a series of cameras.
By the way, after getting two little Axis network cameras up and running in our house, and then figuring out how to view them from anywhere via the internet, I found that there are several apps for iPhone available in the App Store. I’m still sorting through alternatives. Some are free (like NetcamViewer Mobile), others can cost anywhere from a dollar or two (like IP Cam Viewer) up to $25 or more.
I’ve tried several. All are pretty easy to set up and allow simple live views of your installed cameras. IP Cam Viewer had trouble with one of my cameras, which has a wide-angle view. So buyer beware.