Criminal activities are reportedly on the increase in Kesseley Boulevard community along the Somalia Drive outside Monrovia, leaving residents terrified.Several panicking residents speaking to this paper in the community lament that the situation happens every other day and it’s getting serious.
One resident whose mattress was stolen in her yard broad day, laments that she’s afraid due to the wave of crimes in the community, narrating, “I put my mattress in the sun, and in no time, when I got back, it was gone.” The victim, only identified as Gloria, continues that she was shock by the experience when she came outside and just couldn’t believe it.
A male resident also laments that his bed sheet and clothes were stolen from outdoor while hanging on the line after washing them, a practice he notes has become common in the community.
Many others share similar experiences. This paper observes that window screens of most homes in Kesselly Boulevard had been torn apart. When asked what is responsible, residents blame marauding criminals who they say carried out such act to enable them snatch phones and other valuables.
Not only homes but churches have also been victimized in the community with the latest being a worship center whose musical instruments were allegedly stolen.
A resident of one of the houses that fell victim explains that they were all asleep when criminals broke in and stole personal effects, adding that when they woke up, everything was gone.
Some attribute the crime rate to lack of police presence, especially to conduct night patrols in the community.However, other residents who preferred anonymity, claim some of those criminals live right in the community, and are even family members or friends of victims, who refuse to report to the police.
They continue that ghettos are operated in the community, and this is what keeps alleged criminals there, noting that residents don’t want to report such places to the police, because some depend on them for survival.
By Samuel P. Kamara-Editing by Jonathan Browne