The community is abuzz with the recent wave of crimes above and beyond the “usual occurrances” of public inebriation and driving while intoxicated. We’ve heard that there have been four burglaries in “town” that seem to be a too-early harbinger of summer.
I’ve been told by a number of people that the summer weather brings more than tourists and that we should watch out for a rise in crimes, particularly property-related ones. Transience can mean Tok becomes easy pickings on someone’s crime spree. Warm weather also brings out Tok’s youth and with limited outlets for their energy, boredom sometimes breeds mischief.
Here are details from the incident at the Tok General Store the Trooper “crime blotter:”
Case number: 09-29519
Text: On on 4/16/2009 at about 1100 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to the Tok General Store following a report of burglary. Investigation revealed that someone forced entry into the store during the late night or early morning hours and stole several new cell phones, knives, and approximately six dollars in quarters. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact the Alaska State Troopers at 883-5111.
Received Thursday, April 16, 2009 5:16 PM and posted Thursday, April 16, 2009 5:19 PM
Some folks think this is the work of mischievous kids in the area.
What can we do as a community to help protect our businesses? Clearly a good security system is too costly for many small businesses. Keeping an eye out more vigilantly could be in order, like a community crime stoppers group. If criminals – or bored kids – think that we’re all watching, they’re less likely to carry out these crimes.
I don’t know how anyone else feels about it, but it seems to me that a crime against one person in a community is really a crime against the whole community.
What are your thoughts on or experiences with crime in Tok?