A lot of the crime in Bells Corners is relatively petty (unless you’re the victim). A new neighbour moved in a few houses down and had only been in Lynwood Village for a week when someone stole the mirrors off his SUV. I don’t think he reported it to the police, but he should have.
Other stuff is scarier. For example, the attempted robbery at the Harvey’s last October. It sounded nasty, but I didn’t realize HOW nasty until a reader filled in some of the details:
A teenage minimum-wage slave and his coworker (a young female) had closed up and one of them stepped out the back for a smoke while the other finished cleaning up inside. She was grabbed by two thugs (who had approached from the back on foot) and brought back into the Harvey’s WITH A GUN HELD TO HER HEAD.
The thieves were unable to get any money because after hours the safe automatically goes into lockdown mode and cannot be opened. A former Harvey’s employee, noticing that the lights were on and something was amiss, called the police. Nice work, guy!
Thankfully neither of the two employees were hurt physically and it didn’t escalate into something much worse, but it really makes you wonder how many other such dramatic scenes play out that we never really hear about, like the recent bank robbery on the strip.
The odds of being a victim of crime are very low in Bells Corners, but don’t let your guard down – if you see anything suspicious call the police. They may not be able to do anything, but at the very least it will bump up our statistics, which might lead to more frequent patrols or a renewed push to get the Neighbourhood Watches back on track. Think about security for your home – there are lots of practical suggestions out there. Talk to your neighbours so we can watch each other’s backs – the police can’t do it alone.