Statement as issued Friday by the Apartment Association of Fort Wayne-NE Indiana:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – In response to the recent string of robberies at area apartment communities, The Apartment Association of Fort Wayne-NE Indiana (AAFW) has compiled useful information from local representatives of the Fort Wayne Police Department and the multi-family housing industry to help residents remain safe while assisting authorities in solving and preventing crime.
“While crime can happen anywhere, apartment residents need to be more aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity,” said AAFW Executive Director Beth Wyatt.
“The Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) has heavily stressed that residents need to pay attention to persons that have no direct business in the apartment community and who appear suspicious in any way,” Wyatt said. “They are committed to apprehending those involved and have said any calls reporting suspicious persons or activity will not be treated as a nuisance call, but rather investigated to the fullest degree.” Information that would be helpful to the FWPD in solving these crimes includes physical descriptions of any suspicious persons, along with the make, model, color and license plate numbers of their vehicles. As evidenced by the wide spread of attacks across the city, crime can happen anywhere, anytime.
Several apartment communities are distributing safety tips and letters to residents as well as planning community meetings. Those meetings help provide information to residents, allow people to meet their neighbors, and often partner with a representative from the FWPD to give safety tips and additional information.
During a similar string of robberies back in 2011, the Association compiled several resources and is again providing them to the public and rental housing community. Any suspicious activity needs to be reported to the property management staff as well as local law enforcement.
Attachments from the National Crime Prevention Council (http://www.ncpc.org/)
- Streetwise – a handout for residents with personal safety reminders
- AptChk – A crime prevention safety checklist for residents
- Please reference the following National Crime Prevention Council webpage for a list of tips on protection from violent crime. http://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/protect-yourself-from-violent-crime/?searchterm=protect%20yourself
The Association will continue to provide information and updates to its membership as they are received.