Military housing targeted in rash of crime

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SAN DIEGO -- Several military families in San Diego have said criminals are targeting them.

Monday morning, Michelle West’s car was broken into.

West lives in the Orleck Heights military housing neighborhood, part of Lincoln Military Housing.

“I know for sure both of our cars were locked that night," West said. “They’re not doing any damage to the car or setting off any alarms or anything like that."

West hasn't been the only victim.

“They have stolen $20,000 worth of camera equipment, two sets of golf clubs and military IDs,” said Janelle Vandermerwe.

On a community Facebook page a number of residents are posting about similar crimes. Vandermerwe said the problem is with security or lack thereof.

“There’s been several times where I’ve seen G4S sleeping on the job,” said Vandermerwe. “There’s only one or two patrol cars that you see and honestly I’m lucky if I see them once a day.”

Fox 5 contacted security company G4S. Company officials said they have about two dozen reports of crimes in the four military communities they patrol. Cases range from vehicle break-ins to home burglaries.

“Honestly, most people won’t report it because it’s common knowledge SDPD and G4S won’t do anything about it,” said Vandermerwe.

The San Diego Police Department is investigating, but told Fox 5 that in a number of incidents, cars and homes were not secured. They remind residents to always lock doors, windows and cars.

Both West and Vandermerwe said their car and home were secured and that to target military families is wrong.

“Husbands and wives that fight for our country for our freedom, and yet we’re the ones getting targeted,” said Vandermerwe.

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