Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Security Doors on Faxon Avenue - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Security Doors on Faxon Avenue

John Maclin proves that good samaritans sometimes really are men of steel.
Maclin Security Doors of Memphis teamed up with door maker Iron Crafters of Ashland, Mississippi, to help take back our neighborhoods on Faxon Avenue.

Tomika, a single working mother, says Maclin came to her rescue after she'd been burglarized twice. 

"My house has been broken into twice in two weeks. First time, I was at school. Me and my children come home from school...back door wide open, kicked off the hinges."

Her house in the 3400 block of Faxon was shot at, leaving a bullet hole in the living room wall. Another bullet split a projector screen inside her house. Tomika guesses the person who did this is the same person who broke in and stole her gun.

After the first burglary, she moved a refrigerator to block her back door. But that didn't prevent another break-in.

"But that time, they got only food - all my food, the kids' snacks out of the cabinets, out of the freezer. They got Blockbuster movies," she said.
Tomika couldn't afford security doors for her rental home, and she planned to move until John Maclin stepped in.

"When you've been broken into, it's a bad thing to begin with, and then when you don't have the money to protect yourself," said Maclin. "So we decided 'We're in the door business. We've been here a long time: 25 years.' So we just decided to help her out, and that's what we're doing."
Maclin split the cost of Tomika's new doors with his supplier, Iron Crafters.

"That's a very generous thing," Tomika said. "Actually, it's a blessing."

Burglary is down citywide this year compared to the same time last year; and it's down slightly year to year in the Tillman Precinct where Tomika lives. 

A suspect, 22-year-old Bryan Polk, was arrested in the Faxon case. He has a lengthy record, including a prior burglary arrest in Millington.

With Polk now behind bars and her new security doors in place, Tomika and her children say they're sleeping better and plan to remain in the neighborhood.

Police say judges often go easier on burglars because it's a crime against property, so bonds and sentences are usually lighter than they are for violent criminals.

Police also say they're making an effort to convince judges to impose stricter sentences on burglars who are repeat offenders. 

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