Portsmouth neighbors upset over recurring crime, including package theft this week


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Crime creeps into a Portsmouth neighborhood time and time again.

Neighbors tell 10 On Your Side that it’s got to stop.

Neighbor Miru Hale lives in the Westbury area of Portsmouth and told 10 On Your Side she was a recent victim of a porch pirate.

“I ordered something from Amazon to be shipped to my home, and they delivered it to my neighbor,” said Hale.

The package delivery was captured on her neighbor’s doorbell camera, and so was this: a person sneaking onto the porch to see what was dropped off.

“He took his time, touched the package, and slowly put it in his pocket and walked off the porch like he was home,” she said.

Hale says she’s fed up, her home’s been vandalized three times over the past few years.

She says her door frame was mangled, and most recently her side window was shattered and another window had the screen taken off of it.

She says shes upgraded her security. 

“I have so many Ring devices now because I work too hard, and it’s scary, now I can see what’s going on when I’m not home,” she said.

But she thinks the only way crime will go down is if neighbors are each others’ eyes and ears.

“Let’s band together, let’s go to the civic league meetings that are only here once a month at the armory, let’s get together. There are police there we can talk to, there’s so many people they bring in, let’s form our own neighborhood watch and pay attention.There’s a lot of people who come through here that don’t live here.”

10 On Your Side reached out to the Portsmouth Police Department, and they say in the past six months, there were five crimes committed on that street.

They include animal cruelty, destruction of property, motor vehicle theft, burglary and larceny.

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