It seems that their have been a series of burglaries at homes along bike trails in North Arlington. The article doesn't mention which trails but I suspect the Custis Trail is one.
Arlington County police are investigating a series of daytime burglaries of homes that are located close to bike trails.
There have been 23 break-ins since Aug. 24, mostly in North Arlington, and most recently on North Kensington and North Quincy streets, Arlington County police spokesman John Lisle said. Most of the burglaries occurred during the daylight hours, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., leading police to believe that the burglars are targeting houses after watching the residents leave, or they could be knocking on doors to determine whether anyone is inside.
If it turns out the thief is using the bike trails, that could look bad. NIMBYs always argue that bike trails will bring crime and I always find that assertion to be fear-based not fact-based. I still think it is. In fact I suspect that bike trails probably reduce overall crime - eyes on the street bring safety - bu this could be a case that people hold up. It's hard to prove crime was averted without an exhaustive study.
WaPo covered the story as well with some added details...
Recently, Estes said, many of the break-ins have occurred near bike trails, which might provide a getaway route. One neighborhood that has been hit in recent weeks is Arlington Forest, a cluster of about 850 houses off Carlin Springs Road and near the W & OD Trail.
At least I know that I'm free of suspicion.
the thieves are sophisticated, Estes said