The reported alarming increase in break-ins into homes in Betar Illit has compelled residents to act. The homes hit particularly hard appear to be those buildings on streets near the border fence of the community, which is adjacent to Arab villages. This includes the residents of HaRav Shach Street, which took to the streets on Monday evening 2 Rosh Chodesh Iyar to call on Mayor Meir Rubinstein to take the necessary action to stop the break-ins.
What appears to have sparked the protest is a break in during the night while the family was asleep. When family members awakened they saw an Arab man in the home, actually on their beds. B’chasdei Hashem no one was injured or worse.
Mayor Rubinstein and other City Hall officials responded with statements they are in contact with the appropriate police and army commanders. There are also efforts to determine if the government will fund or subsidize an electronic detection border fence in problematic areas.
Residents are calling for a stepped-up police presence including additional security patrols on Rav Shach Street and other problematic areas.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
if it were the opposite, jews burglarizing arabs’ homes then the army would have caught the jewish perpetrators after the first incedent
Modi’in Illit aka Kiryat Sefer had the same problem a number of years ago. Various solutions were evaluated the only effective one was to hire a private guard company.
Patrols & patrols driving up & down the streets in cars with huge flashlights, sirens & light armaments. Residents in many communities have nightly patrols…