- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says cops’ good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
Oftentimes, with warmer weather also comes criminal mischief.
Vandalism and burglaries have been reported recently in nice, quiet neighborhoods in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. The crimes don't appear to be related (thefts in Jackson appear more calculated; vandalism in Cape Girardeau appear more destructive), but there are some points to be taken away from the incidents.
First, be sure to lock up your houses and cars at night and when you are not home. It's easy to be lulled into a sense of security when your neighborhood is quaint and quiet. Thieves are banking on that, and they prey on those who don't lock their doors. Also, it's a good idea to leave some lighting on outside of your home at night.
Additionally, we should all be more vigilant in keeping an eye out in our neighborhoods and helping one another. If you see or suspect something suspicious, tell a neighbor and police. In the Cape Girardeau neighborhood that was targeted, conversations are already ongoing about forming a neighborhood watch group.
Theft and vandalism are despicable crimes. There will always be a few criminals out to take what they haven't earned. Let's not make it easy for them. Consider what you can do to make your neighborhoods safer from these types of crimes.