People who live in a subdivision on San Antonio’s far northwest side said they’ve had their fill of crime and want more help from police in fighting it.
Several people who live along Hoovers Bend in the Bowens Crossing subdivision said they’ve become victims of crime lately.
Carlos Alonzo is among the most recent. He said burglars broke into his pickup, parked in his driveway, sometime late Monday or early Tuesday.
“The first thing I thought is, I looked around to see who else was actually attacked," Alonzo said, sweeping up glass from his shattered passengers side window. “A week ago, my mother's house -- she lives about six houses down -- got broken into. They stole basically everything.”
That home burglary happened in the middle of the day, according to Alonzo, who said they’re not the only victims.
Across the street is another neighbor’s home which he said was burglarized. And down the block, vandals slashed another neighbor’s tires and stole property from her yard.
The victim, who did not want to reveal her identity, said she no longer feels safe.
"We work hard and for somebody to just come and help themselves, it's not fair," she said.
In each case, the neighbors said, they reported it to police. But they feel more can be done to prevent crime, particularly on the part of police.
Alonzo said he’d like to see officers be more proactive, by patrolling the neighborhood.
Officer Matthew Porter, spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department, said being vigilant about reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods is the best action people can take.
He said records show officers have responded to 47 different incidents on Hoovers Bend in the past year, covering a wide variety of crimes.
Porter said the department has special “SAFE” -- or San Antonio Fear-free Environment -- officers who handle neighborhood crime.
People can arrange for SAFE officers to conduct courtesy patrols by contacting their nearest substation, Porter said.