Rockingham County, VA -- We continue tracking crime where you live with a rash of robberies in several Rockingham County neighborhoods over the last month.
Following the recent arrest of a breaking and entering suspect, people living along Erickson Avenue are taking extra steps to make sure their homes don't get broken into.
"We used to not lock our doors a lot when we would go out for short trips, but we do that now," shared John Malone, who lives near Erickson Avenue.
"It was very unsettling. I was very surprised." added Santina Wilson, who lives in the same neighborhood.
They're reacting to the arrest of April Wallace, who is accused of breaking into homes across the county, and the sheriff said there's no guarantee it won't happen again.
“Something like this, you can't always prevent," explained Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson.
While you might think that the thieves are going to bust down your door or break through your window to get into the house, that's not always the case. One of the first places they're going to look is under ledges doormats to see if you have a spare key hidden.
Once they find the key, they can get inside ready to steal your valuables. Fortunately, in this case, the alleged thief was caught and faces breaking and entering charges along with grand larceny and property damage.
Though, that isn't the end of the list of charges this woman is facing.
"There will be additional charges placed in the case in addition to what we already have," continued Hutcheson.
Because of the threat, people living here say they're ready to protect themselves, even though this is a relatively quiet place to live.
"I've never heard anything where people were being robbed or that it was unsafe,” continued Wilson.
"It's a very safe neighborhood," concluded Malone.
Security experts say if you're doing yard work or shoveling snow, don't leave your tools outside. If someone does decide to break in, they could use those tools to bust through a window.
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