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Community Meeting Will Address Crime at Hunters Woods

by Karen Goff — May 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm 13 Comments

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.

  • Greg

    It’s hard to deny more than 1.2 (reported and confirmed) property crime a day, deniers.

    • Mike M

      Not hard at all. Even the FFX Police were denying recently.

    • Richard

      Holy smokes! A theft a day!? Barricade the doors! Bar the windows!

  • shagga

    Its fine, a meeting will fix everything.

  • HealthyAtEverySize

    I’m sure all we need is the fathers in the community to step up. Oh wait

    • Ming the Merciless

      Kejuan was a proud and caring father, when he wasn’t robbing people and selling drugs.

  • Kris

    My son’s 2012 car was targeted. The driver door was pried open, airbag and
    all 4 tires stole. The thefts dropped the car on the ground causing additional
    damage. All-in-all, 8500.00 damage. It was totaled by the insurance company.
    But, the settlement did not cover pay off. GAP denied the “GAP” claim. It cost
    us 3000.00 to cover all of this. And, my son had to buy a car. No arrests were
    made. Oh, it cost me 10.00 bucks to get a copy of the police report.

    • Mike M

      Kris the FFX police are worthless for this basic crime. We pay lots for their swagger but at the end of the day, they are more likely to arrest people like you and me than the scumbags from which most think they protect us.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    We should plan to have an “Open Carry” day at Hunters Woods.

  • WhoIsJohnGalt

    I’d go to the meeting but my car would probably be broken into

  • Max

    I would not call the Fairfax County Police if my life was on the line. They are useless, they once told me- and I quote ” we can’t do anything unless he kills you” By then what is the point?

    • WhoIsJohnGalt

      When seconds count the police are minutes away. The best chance you have is to live in a gated community with it’s own private on-site security service far away from bus stops and “low income” housing

  • Greg

    No correlation, of course, but there’s low-income housing in the (more crime infested than Hunters Woods) Reston Town Center PSA, including a block of nicer-than-my-own-house townhouses right next door to the brand new Reston police station / Hudgings’ Taj Mahal.

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