Virginia Beach residents worried about increase of car break-ins, thefts


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach neighborhood is on edge after a string of car break-ins.

It’s happening in the Windsor Woods area.  Neighbors tell 10 On Your Side that things happen from time to time, but it seems like the incidents are increasing.

On September 19, Ross Becker woke up to a not-so-pleasant surprise.

“Walking to the bus, I look down the street again, I saw a neighbor down the street with the cops out in front of their house and I look around like “wait a minute, where’s my car at?,” said Becker.

His car was gone. “My heart dropped, pretty much dropped when I noticed the car was gone,” Becker said.

Police found it a few weeks later, so damaged Becker had to buy a new one.

Across the street, another family was hit.

Phillip Martin said, “We saw the glove compartment was open and stuff had been moved around.”

Martin says they didn’t think anything was missing, until someone found his wife’s notebook on the side of the road.

“Lot of people say good neighborhood, but what happens in good neighborhoods, I mean all of the neighborhoods get hit,” Martin said.

Martin and Becker say the break-ins and thefts have gotten worse over the past few months.

“It’s every other night, it’s happening in our neighborhood,” said Becker.  “I wake up every couple of hours and look out of my window for 10-15 minutes at times, just seeing if I can see anything.”

He says police have patrolled in the area, but the crimes keep happening, so he’s looking for a different solution through lighting.

“You can literally come out on this street at nighttime and it’s like pitch black,” Becker said.  “I turn on all my lights on when I can.”

He’s hoping something can be done to make sure his car and his neighbors cars don’t get stolen again.

Becker says his next step is to go to the civic league to see what they can do about lighting.

10 On Your Side reached out to Virginia Beach Police and are waiting for a response. 

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