Neighbors Locking Up After Car Break-Ins


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STUARTS DRAFT, Va. (WHSV) -- People in Stuarts Draft are double-checking their car doors after a string of break-ins over the weekend along Forest Springs Drive.

"It's been an ongoing problem. For years," explained Kimberly Allmond. She said that when the warm weather comes, so do the thieves, "We've had experiences where they've tried to get in, but they were caught by my husband, who chased them with firecrackers. He sort of scared them that time, and now they sort of leave our house alone."

She wasn't targeted this time, but several of her neighbors were. One man said his son's hunting bow was stolen.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office said another person had a digital camera stolen.

One neighbor, who didn't want to speak on camera, said he had stuff taken from his car over the weekend all because it wasn't locked.

Most reports came from cars that were left unlocked.

"I definitely have been more on alert about who's in the neighborhood, what kind of cars are in the neighborhood," said Benjamin Thomas. He said he's always been careful, but now he's being even more so, "I take all my stuff in at night. I don't try to leave anything valuable in the car, try and keep all that stuff in the house locked up. No money, no debit cards, no electronics."

The simplest step of all to keep your possessions safe is to double-check to make sure your car doors are locked.


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