Amid a wave of Anchorage home and vehicle break-ins, one homeowner and his neighbors are speaking out in response to a video recorded this week.

A KTVA viewer from Sand Lake shared security footage of people who appeared to be casing his home for a burglary, in hopes that someone would recognize the potential thieves and realize that it could happen to anyone. He declined to be named or speak on camera, for fear of retaliation against his family.

Just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, two cameras positioned in the front of the house caught two young men in hooded sweatshirts slowly walking past the house and out of frame. About 10 minutes later the same two men appeared behind the house, walking on the homeowner’s deck and peeking through windows.

At one point in the video, a man in the front of the house seemingly signals to a man in the back that a car is coming. The man in the backyard hides behind a tree for about two minutes.

The events in the video took place over the course of about 15 minutes; the men seen in the footage left the property just minutes before the homeowner’s wife pulled into the driveway. A neighbor who had seen some of the suspicious activity alerted the homeowner’s wife, who then notified the Anchorage Police Department.

“We just try to look out for each other here and try to curb the crime as much as we can,” said the neighbor, who also wished to remain anonymous.

He added that neighbors in the area have an open line of communication via social media and through the local homeowners association.

”We’re just trying to let everyone know what’s going on,” the neighbor said. “If we can do that, I think eventually the crime will curb itself.”

According to APD, officers have responded to 590 burglary-related calls of all types, including residential burglaries, since April 1.

APD Officer Damon Jackson encourages residents to stay vigilant. He urges you to contact police when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood.

“The more eyes we can get on this individual, the higher chance of us being able to capture them and see what they are up to,” Jackson said. “If anything, (it) gets them out of that area saying, ‘Hey, you don’t belong here.’ They know neighbors are out here, they’re watching them, we’ve had contact with them – they need to move along.”

In addition to 911 calls for emergencies, APD can be reached for non-emergency calls at 311.

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