By Shirin Rajaee

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Another spike in crime targeting the Asian community in South Sacramento has people living and working there taking bold measures.

Robberies and home invasions in the Meadowview, Fruitridge, and Pocket neighborhoods have gone up in recent months, and some people are now arming themselves for protection.

“Like the laws of Texas, if you arm yourself, you can protect yourself. Hopefully, we don’t use it, but it’s there for protection,” said resident Kent Tran.

Earlier in October, surveillance video captured disturbing moments when two South Sacramento residents, who are Asian, were robbed at gunpoint outside their home near the Elk Grove-Florin Road corridor.

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“Hearing that there’s an uptick in crime, I’m really afraid for my family,” said Tran.

Tran has lived in south Sacramento his whole life, and now he fears for his life.

“I’m very alarmed, me myself I’ve actually armed myself, I have a surveillance system, I’ve upped my security system, glass-break sensors, secured my doors,” he said.

Tran is among many in the community who have acquired weapons to protect themselves. The manager of a grocery store on Stockton Boulevard says they too have armed themselves with stun guns and have nightly security.

“Part of the issue is the language barrier and not having the right tools to contact Police,” said Sgt Bryce Heinlein.

Police say robberies, carjackings, and home invasions are rising by 25 percent in the Meadowview neighborhood, and by 8 percent in the Fruitridge and Pocket area.

They add there’s been a significant decrease in crimes against Asians in Oak Park where police have focused resources.

“Some of those potential suspects may be shifting to other areas of the city, based on the efforts we’ve committed to that neighborhood,” said Heinlein.

The crimes are happening mainly in residential areas on often poorly lit streets.

“They’re coming home and being targeted as they’re getting out of their cars, being approached from behind normally, and the suspects are armed,” said Heinlein.

The police department is holding a community meeting Wednesday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at their headquarters in south Sacramento. They’re encouraging the public to attend as they discuss crime prevention measures and reporting tools. The department will also be allocating more officers to those neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, the Asian community remains on edge, doing what they can to stay vigilant.

“I know with the holiday season more and more will happen, but I’m just hoping that people stay diligent, and work with police to catch these guys and get them off our streets,” said Tran.

Comments (23)
    1. Mike Tor says:

      If Obama had sons.. Amazing the orientals vote DNC when DNC feeds them to their thugs.

  1. Once a couple of the thugs get popped by the people that live there they’ll move on.

  2. yes, it’s those “teens” and “refugees” looking for new targets as the ethnic cleansing results in fewer whites to rob. Guess who’s next?

    1. Larry Miller says:

      Just wait til Obama sneaks in a few more of his ISIS boys.

  3. caffeineator says:

    I don’t think people understand that “Asia” is a continent of 48 different countries including most of Russia, the former Soviet Union, India, and Arabia. Asia is a place, like N. America. Referencing “Asia” is like referencing a “North American” community. It means nothing. We need more geography in school.

    1. In this context the term “Asian” is obviously being used in a racial and cultural sense, not geographic.

  4. Race is revealed of the victims but the usual silence about the race of the thugs.

    1. NOT SO!!
      “Blacks murdered asians/whites 41:1 per capita”
      “Raped 100% to 0%”
      “Violently assaulted >50:1 per capita”

      Obuana/Lynch/Holder had 8 YEARS to change it if it’s incorrect.
      IT’S NOT!!

    2. tngilmer says:

      When any article in the MSM fails to mention the race of the criminal, it means only one thing 99.8 percent of the time.

  5. Steven Zore says:

    An armed community, is a polite community.

  6. Richard Frey says:

    Appears Black kids are taking advantage of Timid Asian folks……FACT………Don’t go back for a second Helping……Asian folks will be armed next time and some young people will die….FACT…..Look at the LA Riots, None of the Asian owned stores were Touched by Rioters, Asians were Sandbagged inside and on the roofs of their stores with automatic weapons…..FACT….You have to become a thug to handle other thugs, they only understand FORCE…..Period !!!!!!

  7. Paul King says:

    There are animals living amongst us. You know who they are. Arm yourself and kill them if they attack you. Don’t depend on politicians. They’ll tell you it is white men causing problems. YOU know it’s not.

  8. ***Earlier in October, surveillance video captured disturbing moments when two South Sacramento residents, who are Asian, were robbed at gunpoint outside their home near the Elk Grove-Florin Road corridor***

    Well, you told us the race of the victims. What about the race of the perps?

    Or are we all just supposed to know that…?

  9. Blacks continue to be a problem country wide.

  10. We don’t have a problem with crime we have a problem with BLACK CRIME

  11. John Smith says:

    EVERYONE knows its the democRATS BLMers doing the crimes. Thanks to the regressive socialist Nazi democRATS low IQ over-breeding welfare-forever for-votes programs.
    WHO OWNS the PC (political correctness) movement? The regressive socialist Nazi democRATS. Where and when did PC originate? GERMANY. 1923.
    WHAT DO the regressive socialist Nazi democRATS want to take away from you? Your private property, your home. Web search: “NYC mayor Deblassio private property”.
    “Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms”. – Aristotle,
    The word democracy is NOT in the US Constitution, NOT in the Declaration of Independence, NOT in the Bill of Rights. US Constitution – Article 4 – Section 4: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive, against domestic Violence”.

  12. Of course these liberal post-Americans have a right to protect themselves while on the way to gun control meetings!

  13. Liberal state banning law abiding citizens from owning guns to defend themselves from criminals. Support your A2 people! Get rid of the non-working liberal laws

  14. Vox Veritas says:

    You don’t expect the Asians to stand around and be black-maled, do ya?

  15. Nothing new here, just the usual suspects. Imagine life without these useless miscreants.

  16. Raymond Cist says:

    According to the US census and FBI uniform crime reports, 54% of all violent felonies in the US are committed by 3% of the population. Black males aged 14-44. Let that soak in for a minute.

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