In response to police, there are a number of elements at play.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Alexandria Metropolis Police confirmed that they’ve seen a spike in burglaries and DWIs, and that there are a number of elements at play.
The DWI improve was anticipated, they are saying, and is because of bars lifting COVID restrictions.
As for the burglaries, police blame the anti-Asian assaults we noticed earlier this yr across the nation and a recognized road crew in Faifax County who police mentioned are liable for a string of smash-and-grabs. Greater than 100 companies have been burglarized together with 5 within the Pickett Road Plaza within the metropolis’s west finish.
Farshad Rowshandal has owned the Huge Chunk Pizza store within the 600 block of S. Pickett road since 1997. The enterprise was burglarized for the very first time in April.
“From the surveillance digicam, it appears to be like just like the [suspect] threw a giant rock by way of the window and broke it,” defined Rowshandal, “he walked in and appeared on the register, ripped it out and took it.”
Police mentioned the crooks additionally hit Tsedey Market subsequent door. “We got here right here, they usually already broke the window and took the machine,” mentioned Alem Kassa as they gestured to the money register, “We really feel unhealthy. That’s the enterprise.”
However in accordance with the most recent numbers, this crime pattern is unhealthy for enterprise.
Our sources have been the Alexandria Police Division and Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson. Mayor Wilson mentioned the report, launched to the Well being and Security Coordinating Committee, confirmed some challenges that he mentioned the police division is “dedicated to addressing.”
WUSA9 requested police to zero in on the numbers for a full image evaluating the primary six months of 2019, 2020 and 2021.
And the numbers don’t lie – burglaries practically doubled from final yr at 56 to 106 and DWI’s noticed a drop in the course of the top of the pandemic; 76 in 2020, which has crept again as much as 101.
As for what these numbers appear to be in actual life, Rowshandal mentioned he’s nonetheless coping with the housebreaking and can head to court docket in late September. Police arrested one juvenile in connection to the housebreaking.
In addition to the surveillance digicam, they’ve made a number of further modifications to stop one other break-in from taking place once more. “We go away the money register open now in order that they see there’s nothing in it,” he mentioned with a slight chuckle.
The numbers aren’t all unhealthy. Aggravated assaults are down and there have been no murders this yr.