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Magnolia-Area Communities Concerned Over Break-ins, Thefts

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DOVER, Del.- Residents in a number of Magnolia-area neighborhoods say they're hoping for fewer break-ins and thefts they say have been increasing in recent months.

Ivy Elliott of Riverside said someone broke into her neighbors' garage just a few weeks ago, while the family was home.

Similar stories around the neighborhood and in similar communities has her on edge and calling for police to patrol the community more frequently.

"It's not just cars or garages but when people are home. People are being robbed --- almost terrorized," she said.

Delaware State Police have acknowledged there is an uptick in thefts this year in its primary coverage area, which includes Kent County and towns that do not have their own police departments.

Cpl. Melissa Jaffe, a state police spokeswoman, said the agency has to cover a lot of ground and that most of it is rural.

Each trooper at Troop 3 handles, on average, more complaints than any other part of the state, Jaffe said.

"While we try and patrol as much area as possible to include residential neighborhoods, we are mindful of the areas in which most of our crimes are being committed statistically, and we try to allocate our resources to target these areas in an attempt to reduce the crime rate," she said.

Kelly Green, also of Riverside, said she installed cameras and other security measures at her house after someone got into her family's home through a garage door.

"The fact that they came in...And took thinks throughout the kitchen area while we were sound asleep is insane," he said. 

Rep. Lyndon Yearick of Kent County said it's important that people call in suspicious activity 

"At any given time they could be between here and Sandtown or as far down as Milford," he said. "It's a challenge responding versus just reacting to things."

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