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West Toledoans complain of a wave in break-ins

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Some home and business owners in one West Toledo neighborhood say they're seeing a wave of break-ins.

They hope this month's re-opening of the Northwest District Police Station on Sylvania Avenue will help.

However, some people are taking matters of protection into their own hands.

 "They broke this window and they were trying to get in," says Louis Snider III. 

Snider woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a window shattering.  It was his front window.

Last night someone tried to break into his home on the 2000 block of Berkshire, but his dog and his gun scared the intruder away.

Snider says it's the third time.

"The crime here is really at an all-time high right now," says Snider. "Just here within the last week there's been gun shots over on Sherbrooke, Brayman, Upton, over by Fairfax, over by Mansfield."

Snider's dad owns PR Racing Engines on Sylvania Avenue just off of Upton.

The 77-year-old says he and other neighbors are now also getting CCW licenses to carry concealed firearms.

"There is a war against us over here. An absolute war and we have nothing to fight back with," says Louis Snider, the West Toledo business owner.

According to Toledo police, there have been nine reported burglaries in Snider's beat area since the first of the year.  Sgt. Joe Heffernan says that number is close to normal and not a big increase.

"Overall, crime, especially burglaries, are way down," says Sgt. Heffernan.  "They have been for the last few years. But when it happens in your neighborhood, that's a problem."

Sgt. Heffernan calls it a personal decision and a legal right to arm yourself.

"Just be responsible with it," says Sgt. Heffernan. "It's a huge, huge responsibility. You can never take that bullet back once you fire it."

Sgt. Heffernan says so far in 2014, the City of Toledo has seen a 25.49 % drop in burglaries compared to the same time last year.  He attributes that to the department's strategy of data-driven and hot-spot policing.    

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