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Posted on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 : 9:06 p.m.

Break-ins on the rise in Ypsilanti around EMU campus areas, police say

By Amalie Nash

Eastern Michigan University police are urging students who live near campus to take precautions following an increase in burglaries over the past two weeks.

The break-ins have primarily occurred on streets near campus, including one on Emmet, one on North Adams, and two on Cross Street.

The warning comes a day after an Eastern Michigan University student was sexually assaulted by a man who broke into her residence in the in the 600 block of West Cross Street at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Officers arrested a man in the area and are investigating him in connection with that case and other home invasions, but he has not yet been charged in any of the cases.

Ypsilanti police records show officers investigated four burglaries Monday. In addition to the home invasion and sexual assault:

  • A woman who lives in the 600 block of North Adams told police someone attempted to break in at 9 a.m., but was scared away when she confronted him. No description of the man was available.
  • A resident who lives in the 600 block of Emmet said someone broke in sometime during the weekend. No one was home, and nothing appeared to have been taken.
  • A resident who lives in the 700 block of Stanley reported someone broke in over the weekend and stole some electronics. No one was home at the time.

EMU police said in a release that campus officers are working closely with Ypsilanti police to investigate the break-ins.

Police urged residents to:

  • Secure their residence and yard. In one of the burglaries, a ladder in the yard was used to gain entry through an unlocked second-story window.
  • Lock all doors and windows, and make sure the locks are functioning properly.
  • Leave interior and exterior lights on.
  • Keep shrubbery trimmed around the home to increase visibility.

Anyone with information on the break-ins can call Ypsilanti police at 734-483-9510.


The Picker

Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 6:12 p.m.

The best way to protect your self is to exercise your constitutional rights in your own home. Rape is the violence, not self protection


Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 5:30 p.m.

I already have, but it definitely can't hurt to refresh myself! If it were up to me I would replace both of my entry doors AND the frames (they both have been kicked in before and the wood is broken) AND get an alarm system but I don't have the money for any of that and I'm renting. :(


Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 3:53 p.m.

@Malorie Can't tell you about landlord responsibilities but you may want to review the article I wrote about securing your door at least.


Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 2:30 p.m.

Malorie, Would giving us MORE information in any way take away from the information that you want to know? Everyone needs information regarding crime in their area. I for one am on the WCSD email list for my township, and get regular crime updates through that great service. But I think weekly reports of crime in all areas of the county would be helpful to all readers. I don't see why that takes anything from people who live in Ypsilanti....or anywhere else.


Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 11:41 a.m.

Anyone have any insight on the obligations of landlords to have secure entries?


Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 11:39 a.m.

Cash, this article is of high interest to me because I live in the exact area and these are the articles I look for. I fail to see how a comparison with U of M would fit in with the seriousness of the article and warning at all. It would simply distract from the warning. It isn't "the rest of the story"; it's another story completely. I, being a resident of Ypsilanti, am greatful that covers Ypsi because it is the most accessible local news source I have and alerts me to dangers in my neighborhood such as this article.


Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 9:40 a.m.

Amalie, Is there a "police beat" at Ann now? I am asking because I wonder if you get daily police reports from the AAPD, UM DPS, EMU DPS, Ypsi City and WCSD. Is that the case? If so it would be wonderful to have those made public in the media rather than having to go to each individual website. Rather than a blurb about a particular area, we the readers could review the entire list.


Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 8:36 a.m.

CountyKate, Amalie stated that: "Stanley Street is near North Prospect and Holmes." which is true. No one said that they intersect. Cash, I can walk from Stanley Street to the EMU campus in ten minutes and I imagine a thief could as well. Everything in Ypsilanti/Ypsilanti Township, is near the EMU campus. Amalie, Thanks for the info.


Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 8:07 a.m.

Um, no, Amalie, Stanley actually runs between E. Forest and Holmes. North Prospect runs parallel. And I have to agree with Cash that it really isn't near the EMU campus. So, if you're going to include all the Ypsilanti break-ins that happened on a given day, you might not want to lump them under a headline that specifies "around EMU campus areas." Other than that, it's nice to see the current EMU police chief is being more open - and that he apparently realizes the Ypsilanti community is not "the enemy."


Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 5:52 a.m.

...Leave the dog door open so the monster can greet nighttime visitors....


Wed, Jun 16, 2010 : 5:41 a.m.

First: Stanley St is not "near EMU campus". Second: There's nothing wrong with reporting this story. What is wrong is that you always seem to neglect the rest of the story.....that is: What crimes have been committed around UM campus in the past few months?

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Jun 15, 2010 : 10:37 p.m.

The real question is: How bad would Ypsi be if Ann Arbor wasn't directly adjacent?


Tue, Jun 15, 2010 : 8:46 p.m.

What would the Ann Arbor Media do if they didn't have Ypsilanti to look down upon?


Tue, Jun 15, 2010 : 8:45 p.m.

Great advice! Now tell them what to do if those measures don't work and they make entry? Hmmm? How about that? Won't be expecting any USEFUL advice on that front.