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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 2:15 p.m.

Ann Arbor police chief to hold community meeting Tuesday to discuss break-ins

By Kyle Feldscher

Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones will host a community meeting Tuesday to discuss the recent rise in home invasions taking place across the city, according to an announcement sent to residents.


Chief Barnett Jones

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The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media center at Clague Middle School. Clague is at 2616 Nixon Road.

Home invasions, and crime in general, are up across the city, and Jones said in an interview earlier this week that meetings such as this one are pivotal in raising awareness.

The announcement stated Jones will “speak on statistical information regarding the home invasions, target hardening and the securing of the community, as well as reporting suspicious behavior.”

There will be a question-and-answer period at the end of the meeting. All city residents are invited to attend.

For those who cannot attend in person, citizens can view the meeting replay on CTN's Channel 16 or via video on demand online on Friday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m.; and will replay Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Additional replay times will be added as well.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 9:25 p.m.

Ann Arbor patrol officers have hit an all time low - in their numbers. At many times there are 5 patrol officers available to answer calls for the entire City. The Mayor and the Chief will give the song and dance that everything is still being handled - but they are dead wrong. Five officers cannot provide effective police service to a City the size off Ann Arbor. If there is any incident beyond an ordinary accident or pan handling complaint AAPD will not be able to operate in a safe and effective manner. Concerned residents should FOIA the dispatch logs to see how many officers are really working - because City Hall will fudge the numbers if they are asked to provide any other document. City Hall will also say U of M has a fully staffed police force to help . . . but this is misleading. U of M officers cannot respond to regular City addresses unless there is a mutual aid or back up request. They do not help Ann Arbor citizens by simply being in existence. The Mayor and the Chief tell a good story . . . all fiction. Sadly only a catastrophic event will expose how low the AAPD staffing is.

Rugeirn Drienborough

Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 3:29 p.m.

There's a lot we can all do. We can get to know our neighbors and our neighborhoods. When we hear the neighbor's dog barking, we can take a look out our window to see why. We can get a picture in our minds of who is home when; if my neighbor works nights and I work days, we can look out for each other. We can make a good mental note of what the normal traffic pattern is, so we know when something doesn't fit. And when we see something that isn't right, we can make that 911 call instead of going back to the TV or the book or the stove. We can improve our exterior lighting and the security of our doors and windows. We can put up some motion sensor lights. We can make sure our doors and windows are locked when they should be. And when all else fails, we can be sure that we have the means and the ability to defend ourselves and our homes if necessary, up to and including firearms, when apprpriate, and the training needed to know how to use them. We can put our minds to it. Our one true weapon is between our ears. Everything else is just a tool. The hammer doesn't build the house. It's the carpenter who knows how to use the hammer who builds the house.


Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 11:45 p.m.

Are these burglaries or home invasions?


Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

so while everyone is at Clague, their houses will get robbed


Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 10:10 p.m.

So uh the police chief has to take the time to teach people how to lock a door..... they are right it will raise awareness. It takes getting involved and stop looking the other way cause its not our business. Isn't that just human nature.... to get involved weather its your your business or not. If you see something wrong make note of it or report it. Simple, good day


Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 10:11 p.m.

Do apologize " whether "

Bertha Venation

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 9:49 p.m.

I believe most of the crime is at City Hall.


Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 9:08 p.m.

Does anyone check the pawn shops that buys the stolen merchandise. The we buy gold places are nothing but a fence for the thief's.

ralph mcgraw

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 9:05 p.m.

Gee, I thought the mayor said the other day that these recent crimes were merely a "blip" in the crime rate that the city experiences every year? And that we had an "overinflated" view of how the safe the city really is? Now the police are having open meetings about this "blip"? I guess if it doesn't happen to a city official it's merely a blip.

Linda Peck

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 9:01 p.m.

I am happy to see this police outreach. I have noticed the increase in crime.


Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 8:42 p.m.

I hope they discuss the options home owners have to protect there home. If an intruder breaks into your home, you have the right to shoot him dead. Many home owners keep weapons in the home and also carry weapons. If more people exercised there right to defend there home and family by killing these predators, I'll bet the break ins would decline.


Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 8:53 p.m.


Berda Green

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 7:41 p.m.

aapd go and catch them all