Homecoming Burglaries Raise Concern Over Police Focus
COLUMBIA - Victims of nine home burglaries over the weekend said Monday they question whether police were too busy to protect their neighborhoods. The break-ins took place between Saturday afternoon and the early morning hours of Sunday. Residents reported missing technology, specifically laptops and TVs.
One student whose home was burglarized said not only was technology stolen from his home, but also a large knife. His neighbor said police focus too much of their time on the wrong issues, such as underaged drinking.
However, the Columbia Police department says it "doesn't rob Peter to pay Paul." Officer Wieneke said the large number of burglaries can be attributed to people being gone from their homes because of the big homecoming football game. The police said burglars always strike at opportune times when they know people are gone from their homes, such as holidays.