Complexes Beef Up Security in Response to Robberies

By Rachel Martin

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The recent rash of armed robberies in apartment complexes across the city have residents and complexes taking extra security measures. The latest robbery happened Friday at Gardenview Apartments.

There have been 13 armed robberies in several apartment complexes around Fort Wayne. The general manager of Canterbury Green apartments sent out a letter to residents outlining the safety precautions the complex is taking along with some tips residents can use to protect themselves.

Dillon Faulk says ever since he heard about the robberies, he's taken his own safety measures.

"I just make sure my door is locked, the front door's locked, and just check around every time I walk outside,” he said.

Which is exactly what Canterbury, and other complexes around the city, are urging residents to do. Canterbury claims they're upping security by extending the hours of their patrol service.

"The more the better, so hopefully that'll deter anymore robberies in this area,” said Faulk.

Joshua Cler has a nine-month-old daughter. He says he makes sure he’s always around when it’s time for his family to come home, and he escorts his girlfriend to and from her car. Faulk says the complex could do a bit more.

"They drive around with their yellow lights flashing, and anyone that's hiding any where is going to see that and not strike when they see yellow lights flashing I guess. I don't know, I don't see that being too much of a help,” he said.

Of the 13 robberies, three of them have happened in Canterbury. Cler says he moved to north side Fort Wayne to escape these kind of incidents.

"Growing up on the Southside of town…I got out of here to get away from all that and now it's right in my neighborhood. It's just such a big complex and there's just so many people in one area it seems like people are just going to have to start arming themselves,” said Cler.

Some suggestions made to residents in the letter are to be aware of your surroundings and get to know your neighbors. Of course, if anyone sees or hears anything suspicious, they’re urged to call 911 and then the management office.

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