The rape/sexual assault very near our neighborhood on Duke Street has been getting a lot of coverage in the local news. Kudos to the Alexandria Police for getting the word out. Here is the video from FOX 5’s coverage last night:
This is the first video I’ve seen where the reporter looks at the woman’s pathway from the Metro. I certainly agree with the folks interviewed in this piece that while the King Street Metro parking lot area is well lit, the further you get away from it, the darker it gets.
Officials suggest people not walk alone. Keep your keys and cell phone in hand and have something to make noise and draw attention to the attack.
Anyone with information about this incident or who might have been in the area or had a similar experience should call Alexandria Police at 703-838-4858.
We also posted on December 6, 2008 about a burglary ring specifically targeting apartment buildings and condominiums and how you can protect yourself and other residents. In light of the event from Tuesday night, it is a good reminder of how to protect your building and fellow residents/co-workers from something similar:
We have been informed that there is a professional burglary ring that has been targeting communities located near main arteries (66,395,495,etc). They have committed burglaries in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria. Police in all three jurisdictions are working to apprehend them.
According to the police, the group is very brazen; they walk onto properties like they belong there. They wave to residents and staff; even stopping to have conversations. They have committed burglaries in gated and access control communities as well.
The group generally knocks on doors and if there is an answer will ask for a fictitious person. If no answer, they will break in.
Residents in the Carlyle community are advised to:
- Not to open door for strangers and verify the identity of visitors before opening your door or giving someone access to your building.
- Do NOT allow someone you do not now to follow you into your building. Politely explain that you do not know them and they will have to use their own key or contact the resident they are there to visit for access to your building.