SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Neighbors in the Burbage Grant area of Suffolk say they woke up Thursday and found their cars had been ransacked and the cash inside was stolen.
Neighbors say it is not exactly the Christmas gift they had hoped for.
Carrington Hensley says he has lived in the area for 35 years and he’s surprised by the rash of car break-ins.
“It’s sad, it’s sad when they slash tires, it’s sad when anything like that happens,” said Hensley. “My neighbor called me and said go and check your car, we had a break-in down the street.”
Hensley is one of the lucky ones because his car was not broken into, however according to Suffolk police, there were eight different incidents between December 14 and December 20 in the area. They say in most cases, doors were left unlocked. A woman who doesn’t want to be identified says she’s one of the residents who didn’t lock her car.
“My console was tossed, my glove box was tossed, they ransacked the cubby underneath the radio. The safety of everything we’ve known has been trashed by these vandals.”
10 On Your Side spoke to several neighbors who’ve been targeted. One woman says her car was also broken into three months ago. Neighbors say they’ve seen more police in the area and some are driving around themselves looking for anything suspicious.
“They are getting away with it and I don’t want them to get away with it.”
The City of Suffolk sent this statement to 10 On Your Side following the break-ins.
There are 3 main reasons why residents should always lock their car doors:
1) Loss of valuables is the most obvious reason to lock your door. Thieves look for crimes of opportunity and prime targets are unlocked vehicles with GPS devices and electronics, cell phones, jewelry, weapons, money and other valuables in plain sight.
2) Possible entry to your home. If you leave your doors unlocked with a set of house keys or garage door opener in the glove compartment, it could be easy for the thieves to possibly enter your home, and you could become further victimized.
3) Do it for the neighborhood. While the Suffolk Police Department is happy to know that people feel secure in their neighborhoods, they stress that public safety is a shared responsibility. If we tend to keep our cars or homes unlocked, word gets around and this is an open invitation for possible future crime.