Ghent neighborhood staying vigilant amid recent vehicle break-ins


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A string of vehicle break-ins and some failed attempts in Norfolk have residents stepping up security around their homes.

Multiple cars in Ghent had their windows smashed and items taken, but that’s not the only area that was recently targeted.

The incidents happened over the weekend. 10 On Your Side was told neighbors also called police about possible attempted break-ins in Freemason.

Neighbors living in Ghent Square say the area is usually quiet but there’s been some unwanted visitors over the last few days. 

“It wasn’t until I sat in the car that I noticed all my things were strewn about, then I glanced to the passenger window and I saw it was shattered,” Michael Weissman said.

Someone broke into Weissman’s SUV on Saturday night. He said it’s the third time his car has been broken into in this neighborhood in three years.

The thief made off with a bill fold but luckily the wallet only had passes for Virginia state parks. Weissman filed a police report.

“They told me there were other reports from that same time span,” Weissman said.

Another resident who didn’t want to show her face said her husband’s car was also hit sometime between Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

“He parked the car at 11:30 pm on that night and then got up at 5:30 am, went to the vehicle to get a water bottle I think and he saw that the glass was shattered,” she said.

Just a week and a half earlier, another neighbor on the same street walked outside to broken glass.

“Doors were still locked, they didn’t rummage through it or anything,” Jack Baker said. “I come out every morning now and check our cars and really check everybody’s cars to see if something happened.”

The recent break-ins have residents talking to each other on the Nextdoor app. Some reported calling in possible suspects in the Freemason area. 

“Some people have even told me they leave their car open and empty so they don’t break any windows,” Weissman said.

10 On Your Side is checking with police to see if any arrests were made.

Neighbors said they plan on talking with their homeowner’s association about added security, but in the meantime, they’ll be installing motion lights and outdoor cameras to hopefully deter thieves from coming back.

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