|Cadets Mahoney and Thompson|
Sounds like if you live in that area, you should make sure you lock up your backyard and any stuff there, and maybe install some kind of motion light or camera. Probably not a bad idea no matter where you live.
Also, make sure you report any crime or suspicious activity to the police, no matter how minor. MPD officers have often said in community meetings that even if they aren't able to stop the crime in progress, they won't know it's happening if you don't report it. The more crimes that are reported in area, the more MPD will focus on that area.