A rash of crimes over the past month or so at Ward Villages prompted a security alert.
On June 17th, Senior General Manager Bobbie Lau, sent a warning to all tenants of Ward Villages.
It documents a string of crimes including shoplifting, loitering and 3 separate assaults.
In one of of the cases an elderly woman was robbed in the parking lot of Marukai Market. Police say her attacker beat her with a baseball bat.
According to the memo thieves have been targeting parking decks around the shopping center too. Specifically at the Ward Center Shops Garage near TJ Maxx. The tenant parking area at Ward Centre has been getting hit as well. According to officials crooks were smashing car windows to get in.
Customers we spoke with weren't aware of any issues.
"It would be nice to know that there's been an increase," said Krisanda Rongey.
"If it's a serious problem then they should alert customers that there's problems," said Ian Caldwell.
Lau declined to go on camera but sent us this statement:
"The safety of our shoppers and merchants at Ward Village is our number one priority. Our property has a 24/7 on-site security team that is prepared to address any potential incidents and respond immediately. Occurrences that have happened over the last few months have been addressed promptly and handled in cooperation with the Honolulu Police Department. We have also increased security to ensure the safety of our guests and have maintained open communications with our tenants.
As always, Ward Village encourages guests to be aware of their personal belongings at all times, being careful not to leave them in vehicles or in visible locations. Tenants and guests may contact our security team at any time at 808-597-1172 to alert them of any odd or suspicious behavior. We have been informed by HPD of an increase in incidents throughout Honolulu."
According to police sources this isn't the only shopping area dealing with this sort of trouble.
Just down the street officers responded to six car break-ins from July 5 to July 9. They happened in the parking deck outside the Ross Dress For Less at Keeaumoku. We're told items of all levels of value were taken from cars. Officials say if you plan to park here for a long period of time put something in your window to block out the view so folks cannot see in.