Councilmember Arthur Sharpe Jr. (Third Ward) had a message for University City residents at Tuesday night's community police meeting.
"If you see anybody on your street, that you don't know and you think they might be strange...call the police."
Sharpe made his comments after learning that earlier in the day Tuesday that a home on his block was burglarized. He lives on Willow Tree Lane.
The burglar was brazen, breaking into the home in broad daylight, in full view of people in the neighborhood. University City Police Captain Carol Jackson said one neighbor called police after seeing the perpetrator walk out of a home carrying a television.
Sharpe said by the time police arrived, the burglary had already occurred, and "some items had been extricated from the house."
Sharpe said residents should not feel foolish about calling the police if they see something suspicious in their neighborhood. He said he's not concerned about those people who will say they are being harassed if a resident calls police on them. "I have a statement for that, tough," he said.