Residents of the Tower District are concerned about consistent car break-ins. There are even signs warning people about high window breakage areas. People say they see it all the time. Evidence of car break-ins, glass everywhere and even businesses broken into.
MaryJo Hackman walks her dog each evening through Tower but she’s starting to notice a dangerous trend. Broken glass scattered around her neighborhood.
“He could step on it. I could step on it. You know, it’s everywhere,” said Hackman.
For Hackman, the Tower District is home but she says she no longer feels safe as car break-ins remain an issue for residents.
“But I used to feel safe here. My mother graduated from Fresno High in 1937. I grew up here. This is my neighborhood,” said Hackman.
Now the neighborhood has signs put up, warning customers to take valuable items out of their cars and labeling one lot as a high window breakage area.
Maverick owns a t-shirt printing store on Van Ness Avenue. His merchandise isn’t as visible through the windows because of security bars.
“They’ll probably stay up for safety and convenience but I like having the bars,” said Maverick.
Maverick says he’s aware of Tower District’s car break-in problem but has his own unique way of protecting his ride.
“My car personally has esoteric enchantments on it so I would hate to see what would happen to somebody who messed with it,” said Maverick.
Hackman says parking her car in a gated space gives her peace of mind.
“My last present to myself is a new Cadillac before I retired from teaching and I don’t want anything to happen to it,” said Hackman.
A new Facebook page was created by the Fresno Police Central District. The goal is to keep residents more informed through social media.