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Shreveport's District 5 has become a hotbed for vehicle burglaries

Savant and Jan Williams are going door to door with flyers asking people to be aware of their surrounding and remove all valuables from inside of their vehicles. (Source: KSLA News 12) Savant and Jan Williams are going door to door with flyers asking people to be aware of their surrounding and remove all valuables from inside of their vehicles. (Source: KSLA News 12)
District 5 is being called a hotbed for car burglaries after a crime report shows the area has seen 58 of Shreveport's 172 vehicle burglaries in January. (Source: KSLA) District 5 is being called a hotbed for car burglaries after a crime report shows the area has seen 58 of Shreveport's 172 vehicle burglaries in January. (Source: KSLA)
Do you live in Shreveport police District 5? It is bounded by Interstate 49 on the west and Red River on the east and extends from parts of Stoner Avenue south to East 70th Street. (Source: City of Shreveport) Do you live in Shreveport police District 5? It is bounded by Interstate 49 on the west and Red River on the east and extends from parts of Stoner Avenue south to East 70th Street. (Source: City of Shreveport)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Broadmoor, Shreve Island, Anderson Island and surrounding areas.

Shreveport's District 5 has become a hotbed for vehicle burglaries.

Of the 172 reported in January, 58 - about one-third - occurred in District 5, a crime report shows.

"What I've seen is a pattern over my years in property crimes," police Cpl. Angie Willhite said.

"District 5 is our, if not one of our, hardest hit areas as far as auto theft and vehicle burglaries."

Now two Broadmoor neighbors spreading the word in hopes of curtailing the spread of crime in their district.

"There's been a lot of break-ins, you know, people breaking into cars and stuff like that. And we just want you to be aware," Sharon Savant said.

Armed with flyers, she and Jan Williams are going door to door asking people to be aware of their surroundings, remove all valuables from inside of their vehicles and ...

"Please remember to lock your vehicles, lock your vehicles, lock your vehicles," Williams said.

"That was our hot crime area over there, vehicle burglaries and unsecured vehicles, and auto thefts," Willhite said. 

"And we're trying to get the word out that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

The thieves are not using fancy devices. And most of the they're not even smashing windows.

The intruders are just pulling on vehicle handles and, when unlocked, making themselves welcome.

"I left it open for one night and I came out the next day and some stuff was missing," said Ray Boswarth, who grew up in the Broadmoor neighborhood.

"We didn't lock our doors, we didn't lock the cars, ran in and out. Of course, that was 50 years ago. So times have changed."

Williams and Savant hope their campaign will convince more people to lock it up before they lose it.

And be vigilant.

"We just want people to be aware, leave their lights on," Willhite said.

"If they see someone who probably should not be on the street or maybe somebody moving stuff out of their house or something, they need to go ahead and call the police or something."

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