Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A Manlius neighborhood has been having a troublesome summer as its residents have seen their cars damaged, mailboxes smashed, benches and lawn ornaments stolen and sometimes moved, and more.
Since June 1, there have been over 40 complaints in the North Burdick Street neighborhoods, between the Erie Canal and Manlius Center Road.
The thefts, criminal mischief and vandalism have been happening late at night and through the early morning.
Manlius police have already stepped up patrols, but with so many complaints, they are asking neighbors to step-up as well.
They are launching a new initiative, putting neighbors On The Lookout for trouble.
“We came out with door hangers and decided to make sure the entire community knew of the complaints so they could be on the lookout,” said Officer Angela Palmer with the Manlius Police Department.
The complaints have caused anxiety and concern among neighbors who are fed up with vandals and thieves.
“It's a quality of life issue. People don't want to have to look down the road for their items or dig them out of the river,” Palmer said.
The door-to door crime alert gives neighbors specifics on what's been happening, where and what to do.
“We are relying on the community to be our eyes and ears and we're hoping that if they see or hear anything, that they call 911 so we can come and check into it,” Palmer said.
If you have any information about the recent crimes or if you see anything suspicious, you can call Manlius Police at (315) 682-2212 or email email@example.com.
All tips will remain anonymous.