String of crimes rattles quiet Peaselburg neighborhood in Covington

Posted at 5:43 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 10:58:53-04

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Warren Street in Covington's Peaselburg neighborhood is quiet, lined with well-kept bungalows below a patch of wooded hillside.

Lately, though, some crimes have many residents concerned for their safety.

The most recent was Sunday, when a security camera captured three teens checking a car's door handles to see if it was unlocked. When the alarm sounded, they ran off.

Liz Booth, who lives three doors away, said they checked her vehicle, too. Its doors were locked.

And then there have been the threats.

"Older kids -- teenage school kids -- walk by, and they've called me a [expletive]," she said. "And I've also had them threaten my neighbor and tell him that he better watch out for clowns because he asked them to get out of my yard."

Booth also said kids have stolen a scooter out of her yard; a pair of her child's shoes were stolen, too, along with her boyfriend's phone.

"You don't have to come in our yard and steal anything," she said. "I mean, if you need something and you're a child, ask.  We'll be more than happy to give it if we can, but you don't have to steal from us, you know. Don't steal and don't come in my yard."


Down the street, Joe Jackson keeps a sharp eye on his possessions. He's noticed people who don't live in the neighborhood come around more often.

"They're constantly looking in between the houses. Sometimes it can be people on foot, or it can be cars driving by real slow and just scoping out," he said.

Someone broke into Jackson's car; a cherished swing inherited from his wife's late aunt was stolen. Both incidents have left him feeling less safe.

"If they're willing to steal stuff out of people's yards, walking up on the porches, taking stuff during either the daylight or nighttime, who's to say they're not going to break into your home next?" he said.

David Klein said it's a shame a few young people are making trouble for the entire neighborhood. He believes drugs are the root of the problem.

"Maybe it's not necessarily heroin, but drugs and poverty is what the problem is," Klein said. "These kids don't really have a lot to do necessarily in our neighborhood and going to crime and making a little bit of money is easier than going out and cutting grass."

Another safety concern is the intersection at Warren and 25th streets. Neighbors said people regularly come down the hill at a high rate of speed and sometimes don't stop. They've made police aware of all these issues.