Residents in Goshen, Barbizon and Lakeview see rise in car break-ins


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 12:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- More than three dozen car break-ins in a week. That is the frightening reality facing residents in Goshen, Barbizon and Lakeview.

Neighborhood watch groups went door to door last week warning residents to lock up their belongings and since then it's only gotten worse.

Megan Brown is just one victim of the crime spree that's centered around Goshen, Lakeview and Barbizon. Her car was broken into last week.

"Looks like they took a tool to pop the window out, without opening the door to grab the stuff out," Megan Brown, Goshen resident, said.

The car burglar was startled and didn't get away with anything but it's a story that neighbors here are hearing way too often.

"The last week or two weeks we have had lots of car break-ins, bikes stolen, all kinds of stuff. It just doesn't make you feel safe anymore," Brown said.

WHAS11 first reported on the problem last week. The thieves are targeting unlocked vehicles and taking spare change, golf clubs and any small items.

Almost every night cars are broken into.

"Last night we have two to three homes. The night before several other homes," Stephanie Wojnicki, Goshen Hills resident, said.

Stephanie Wojnicki is the Goshen Hills neighborhood committee chair. Last week, when neighbors started complaining about break-ins, she walked door to door to get the word out and since then it's gotten worse

"I think it's a real good opportunity to secure our belongings and lock those doors and lock the windows," Wojnicki said.

Megan Brown's car was the first one that was forced entry so residents here are concerned it's a situation that could be escalating.

"Though they may think out here in Goshen we are exempt from crime, we are not," Bobby Thacker, mayor of Goshen said.