NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Norfolk Police said the Larchmont community has seen an uptick in crime, including break-ins and car thefts. Online statistics showed eight car thefts and five burglaries over the past 20 days.
10 On Your Side talked to John Vellines, who said two of his neighbors had their cars stolen on Rockbridge Avenue. He said he sleeps with his keys near his bed so he can set off the car alarm if he hears anything suspicious.
"I'd say there's probably been 10 or 15 various incidents, mainly car break-ins, stolen property. They got into my car a couple times and I'd come in and find everything that was in my glove compartment on the front seat," Vellines said.
A former police officer, Vellines said he is urging neighbors to be more vigilant and wrote an email with suggestions on how to stay safe.
"Light your house up. Light the backyard up. Have motion sensors on lights. I think they're a little on edge. I know a lot of the people have lived here a long time," Vellines said.
Anne Harper said she's seen crime creep closer to her home on Powhatan Avenue.
"Friends that had a car stolen about three blocks away, backdoor neighbors broken into within the last week. It's disturbing because this is a very quiet, family-centered neighborhood and we like to think our kids are safe," Harper said.
Norfolk Police said there have been two robberies, 26 residential burglaries and 65 auto larcenies so far this year and that the department is working with the Civic League to address them.
Click here for information on the Larchmont/Edgewater’s civic league Neighborhood Watch program: http://larchmontedgewater.org/crime-prevention.
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