ELK GROVE (CBS13) – A string of burglaries in an Elk Grove apartment complex has left neighbors furious. They feel management is not doing enough to protect the residents and the Crossings at Elk Grove. Some people have even purchased their own security equipment, desperate to stay safe.
Some people have even purchased their own security equipment, desperate to stay safe.
“Very unsafe, not sleeping at night, because I stay awake cause I hear things,” said Edna Hollins, who said someone tried to break into her family’s apartment where her great-grandson and his mother live. “All her TVs, the little one’s Wii, her laptop, his games and things all stolen. Door kicked in.”
But she told CBS13 the break-ins didn’t end there. Elk Grove Police Department confirmed three burglaries and two attempted burglaries in the complex all since Tuesday.
“We feel that AWI management, who manages this place, is not being forthright to any of us here,” Hollins said.
Management passed out a safety tip card to residents on Wednesday, reminding them to lock their doors and stay in well-lit areas at night. In a memo to residents, they also had a reminder to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
“Two days ago, they tried to enter my home through the back patio door,” said mother of two Brooke Nakagawa.
A month ago, Nakagawa said her daughter’s bike was stolen from her patio. And a month before that, she told CBS13 someone tried to break into her car.
“They should definitely be installing security cameras,” she said when asked what she thought management could do.
CBS13 reached out to AWI Management Company Vice President Michael Burke. He said, “We are doing everything we feel that we can to educate and make the residents aware in their homes. We have attempted to create a neighborhood watch department but there was not the interest in the community.”
“I am terrified, I am a prisoner in my own home at this point,” Nakagawa said.
Neighbors and management agreed on one thing: they both believe the people responsible are connected to the complex.
“I think it’s someone who lives in the complex, who is taking notes on who we are, where we live,” Nakagawa said.