Saturday, May 31, 2008

Home break-ins victimize deaf DC residents

The Washington Post reports that a rash of home break-ins has apparently targeted deaf people who live near the college for deaf people, Gallaudet University, in northeast Washington, D.C.

"At least eight burglaries or attempted break-ins have been reported in the past two weeks, police said. Laptops, cellphones and cameras have disappeared; in one incident, thieves made off with a midnight snack from the refrigerator," The Post reports.

The D.C. police department's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit, in which all members know sign language, is working with the victims so they can communicate with police officers, as well as educating them about personal safety.