VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia Beach Police said they have responded to 82 burglaries in the past two months. Officers said the worst hit areas are near the Lake Edward and Campus East neighborhoods.
10 On Your Side talked to neighbors in the area on Friday. Jonathan Holland said someone broke into his apartment on Arvida Lane, after just three months of living there. He and his wife had already prepared a room for their baby on the way.
"You just start to think about everything. Like, is this thing missing? Is that missing? Did someone sneak in here? And you go a little crazy. It's just kind of a taxing thing. We put a lot of heart and soul into it and couldn't wait to see the baby in there," Holland said.
Holland and his wife moved a few streets over, but they said they plan to move again when their lease is up.
"I guess the economy is down. People think they're entitled to certain things and they just want more and more," said Holland.
Cedric Johnson said he came home one day to find someone had kicked in the door of his Lake Edward home.
"It gives you a nervous feeling to know that it is and if that's the case, that it is getting higher around here, then I pray that there will be more of a police presence around. Maybe they can do some foot patrols around here or something," said Johnson.
According to online police statistics, burglaries citywide in the last two months are up 10 percent from the same time last year. Some neighbors told 10 On Your Side they did not notice any problems.
Police said they have stepped up patrols and want neighbors to call them with anything suspicious. They would not release details on the burglary cases, saying it would hurt their investigation.
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