Eugene family frustrated after string of burglaries and thefts

A family in south Eugene is fed up with crime after falling victim three separate times in 2019.

Posted: Nov 28, 2019 5:40 PM
Updated: Nov 29, 2019 12:10 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- A family in south Eugene is fed up with the crime after falling victim three sperate times in 2019. They have started a neighborhood watch to prevent even more crime but want the city to do more.

Early Tuesday morning, surveillance cameras at their home on Hawkins Lane caught two porch pirates stealing a package. Homeowner Diane Davis said the package had a defective bench in it that they left out for UPS to pick up.

Davis said in January, burglars broke into her garage and stole four bikes worth thousands of dollars. She also said her daughter's car was broken into over the summer. She said they stole a phone charger and a bottle of perfume while doing $300 dollars in damage.

Davis said she and her family moved back to Eugene in July of 2018 to be closer to her parents and said the crime wasn't bad in Eugene when she was growing up.

"I never dreamed that moving back to Eugene I'd have this kind of crime," Davis said. "I grew up here and there was not this kind of crime then."

Davis said to prevent even more crime, they have worked with the city to start a neighborhood watch group. Janina Rager, a crime prevention specialist with the city, said a neighborhood watch can prevent porch pirates and keep where you live safe.

"More eyes out to watch what's happening in the neighborhood, it makes it safe," Rager said.

But Davis said more needs to be done to stop the rampant crime.  She said she recently voiced her concerns to the Eugene City Council. She has been in touch with the group "Eugene Wake Up," a group of small business owners who want to end what they call lawlessness in the city.

"It is more for businesses not for residential but I'm hoping a residential group will come out of it," Davis said.

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