Community Meeting Will Address Crime at Hunters Woods

police line1Officers from Fairfax County Police’s Reston District Station will be on hand to address crime concerns in the Hunters Woods area at a community meeting on Thursday.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods.

Crime Prevention officer Katy Defoe said the meeting was organized to address the rash of thefts from automobiles along Glade Drive, however officers will address any area crime questions.

Police held similar meetings in the spring of 2013 and 2014. At last year’s meeting, officers said they would increase visible police presence at Hunters Woods Village Center, particularly on foot and by bike. Defoe says that has had somewhat of an impact in crime awareness.

However, two recent robberies at the village center have some people on edge. On April 15, a woman was the victim of attempted robbery at knifepoint in daylight. On May 2, there was a robbery and assault at 8:30 p.m.

In December, the SunTrust bank inside the Hunters Woods Safeway was robbed — part of a string of county robberies in which the suspect has since been arrested.

Last week, a man was killed at nearby Shadowood Condos when a robbery attempt ended in gunfire. The victim knew the suspects, and two have been arrested.

The Hunters Woods patrol area has somewhat higher crime than other neighborhoods in Reston, FCPD statistics show. But it does not rank the highest. The Reston Town Center/Reston Hospital patrol area had more property crimes and crimes against society in 2014.

Hunters Woods had 442 property crimes (robbery, larceny, burglary, etc.) and 83 crimes against society (drugs, weapons, prostitution) in 2014. Cumulative stats for 2015 are not yet available, but Defoe said they would be addressed at Thursday’s meeting.

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