PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Concordia neighborhood in Northeast Portland has been hit with multiple burglaries recently and residents who said they aren’t used to locking their doors and plan to start.
On Sunday, September 17, a home on NE 41st and Killingsworth was hit the hardest. A man was caught on surveillance video casually walking around, stealing things from the basement. The victims said he took tools, backpacks, a bike and many other things.
“I’m sure it was like, he was homeless and he needed things to sell to survive,” victim Peggy Reed said. “I don’t want any harm to him. Mostly I just want my bike back. I haven’t been able to bike to work and I love biking to work.”
Reed said the basement is only accessible from the outside and carrying laundry in is “kind of a pain” so she usually leaves it unlocked.
Neighbors were also hit and had credit cards and a speaker stolen.
The Portland police are investigating the burglaries, but catching suspects is increasingly difficult.
“We’ve been an increase of 2 burglaries per day in the city,” Sgt. Chris Burley said. “Our burglary task force is comprised of 6 detectives for approximately 4,300 burglaries that have been received since August of last year.”
That’s why police recommend having surveillance equipment and being vigilant with neighborhood watch programs.