Lakeside residents tired of car break-ins

Posted at 11:23 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 02:25:35-04

People who live in Lakeside are tired of getting their cars broken into and vandalized.

Even though the neighborhood is gated, residents at Cherry Creek say it's not enough to keep them safe.

Melanie was mad when someone stole her son's stereo out of his truck; but she was furious when they broke in a second time.

“It’s very scary, it’s very violating," Melanie said. "It’s violating to you. I mean, this is my 16-year-old’s vehicle. What happens if he came out and they were in his vehicle?”

Dave and Doti Sandback had to buy a completely different car after thieves broke in.

"They tried to get the club off [the steering wheel]," Doti said. "And in the process of getting the club off they tore this portion of the wheel and totally destroyed the car. They totaled it."

Residents say the problem area is at the back of the apartment complex, with no lighting and a brick wall. They say people climb over it to go through their trash and break into their cars.

"It's pitch black," Melanie said. "You cannot even see anything."

Another man didn't want to be identified, but says he is sick of it too.

"My tire's been slashed and my car alarm goes off very often," he said. "My wife is afraid to walk up into the house because she's afraid one of these guys going through the trash is going to, you know, murder her or take her stuff."

Neighbors want their HOA to put in lights, cameras, and security before it gets worse.

"It's violating, it's frustrating and something needs to be done," Melanie said.

The HOA says they are looking into getting a security guard, and they are planning on installing more lights in the back of the complex  at some point.

They also urge residents to continue to contact them about problems, and invite them to attend HOA meetings the first Thursday of every month.