The window of a northeast Jackson home remained boarded after police say two men broke in while the homeowners slept Wednesday.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The window of a northeast Jackson home remained boarded Thursday afternoon, after police say two armed men broke in while the homeowners slept Wednesday morning.
A number of items were taken, including the victim's car. It was used as a getaway vehicle.
Neighbors say gunshots were fired inside the St. Andrews Drive home, which is at the Jackson Country Club.
"This was not James Bond 007, super top secret the way that they got in. These people found an easy way to get into the house and they did," said Jackson Police Precinct 4 Commander James McGowan to a group of citizens at a Thursday evening COPS meeting at Redeemer Church.
Crime is rare at the country club but several home invasions have been reported in northeast Jackson in the last several months. Some crooks have even used a doggie door to get inside a home.
"There were some people that were climbing in through bathroom windows and kitchen windows, and it was not the same suspects. I can tell you that. I can tell you, we have a good idea who those suspects were," explained McGowan to the group.
David Swann sells guns and owns Swann's Gun and Repair in north Jackson. He says people are arming themselves with guns and pepper spray.
Swann says a gun buying rush usually only lasts a couple of weeks when home burglaries are reported.
"It's just been picking up here for a couple of months now. So, it's not going away this time," said Swann.
At the COPS meeting, residents were able to ask city departments questions and learn if their concerns are being addressed, including crime. Organizers say it creates a sense of community.
"You don't feel isolated. All to often when someone is a victim of crime or there is an issue that is negative in their community, they feel like they are the only person that's being effected," said Precinct 4 COPS Moderator Bill Wilson.
McGowan told residents at the community meeting to take basic precautions to protect their family and property. He says to make sure your doors are locked, turn on and use your alarm system, turn on your lights and don't leave valuables out in plain sight.
A COPS meeting is held once a month in each police precinct in the city.
Here is a list:
Precinct 1, 1st Thursday, 810 Cooper Rd., 6 p.m.
Precinct 2, 2nd Thursday, 3000 St. Charles St., 6 p.m.
Precinct 3, 3rd Thursday, 3925 W. Northside Dr., 6 p.m.
Precinct 4, 4th Thursday, 640 E. Northside Dr., 5:30 p.m.
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