Share This Page

Monroeville Police closely guard Haymaker Road

Monroeville police are keeping a close watch on neighborhoods near Haymaker Road after a recent spike in burglaries.

Police reported about 25 burglaries between Jan. 11 and Tuesday, including 11 homes within a half-mile of Haymaker Road. No arrests had been made as of Tuesday.

So far, the pace of the burglaries is ahead of recent years. Police reported 47 burglaries in 2009, 94 in 2010 and 99 in 2011.

In the recent burglaries, the items stolen have varied, from televisions to jewelry, leading police to believe two different crews are responsible.

A few victims reported noises late at night, although the burglars so far have avoided confrontation, said police Chief Doug Cole.

"We're not talking about home invasions," he said.

Most people were out for the day or out of town when their homes were burglarized, Cole said. Suspects probably are from the area and familiar with the roads, he said.

Monroeville detectives are consulting neighboring municipalities, including Murrysville, which have seen an increase in burglary reports.

Harold Batchen of Monroeville has been tracking burglaries near his home. He said he considered purchasing a firearm, but is concerned his grandchildren could find it.

"I can't always supervise them," he said. "It's a dilemma."

"It's a shame that Monroeville has this problem that's slowly getting worse," said Chris Masters, a lifelong resident.

His mother was a block captain of the Garden City Neighborhood Watch in the early 1990s.

"The residents have to be more aware of their surroundings," he said. "The police can only be in so many places at once."

Four new officers are scheduled to join the Monroeville police force by June or July, said Cole.

Residents of the Garden City neighborhood will meet March 26 to discuss preventing burglaries.

"We want people to be vigilant," Cole said.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.