Riverside Heights neighbors unite to fight crime

More than a dozen breakins since October
Posted at 11:20 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 23:20:09-05

"The door had been kicked in," said Micah Lewis.

Lewis moved into Riverside Heights two months ago. Since then, he and his wife have been using their weekends to renovate their new home. But that's now on hold.

"You can see this is part of the door," said Lewis.

Two days ago, thieves took aim at a shed in his back yard. Stealing hand saws, drills and other tools, even his lawn equipment.

"It was probably about $2500 worth of tools," said Lewis.

Lewis says its a problem the area seems to be seeing a lot more lately.

"This is actually the fourth break in of its kind on Coral street within these two blocks in the last two months," said Lewis.

And the rest of the Tampa Heights area isn't much better. A crime map shows a dozen home and car break ins since October. Brian Chatwyn's home is on that map too.

"Ended up taking three bikes and hopping the fence," said Chatwyn.

Both men say ally's that run through the neighborhood give thieves easy access to back yards. Both have also now added security camera's and alarms. The spree is also bringing homeowners together on Facebook. Neighbors instantly warning each other about suspicious people and activity.

"It makes you look at the neighborhood a little differently, you just got to have your eyes open to whose walking around, who's looking at your things," said Lewis.