CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield County Police are asking residents to “change your routine” after over twenty larcenies from vehicles were reported in one night in one neighborhood.
Chesterfield police said in a Facebook post that guns, money, computers, wallets and jewelry were among the items stolen from the unlocked cars. None of the cases involved forced entry to any of the vehicles, police said, and in once instance, a car was stolen because the keys were left inside the unlocked car.
“Please help us. We can’t do it alone,” Chesterfield police pleaded on their Facebook page. “Do you do this? Do you leave your car unlocked? Do you leave your valuables in the car? Do you know people who do? Change your routine. Make it a habit to remove your belongings and lock your vehicles. Encourage your friends to do the same.”
Resident Dusty Morrow says his neighborhood has always been a safe one, and the recent string of larcenies from cars comes as a surprise.
“I can’t really recall a crime in the neighborhood, so it’s been a neighborhood where if you fall asleep with your doors unlocked you don’t really think about it,” Morrow said.
Between two unlocked cars, the thief stole over $100 from the family.
Jacob Townsend also lives in the neighborhood.
“I noticed the car in the driveway here had the car partially open, and I noticed all the police down the street looking at another car,” Townsend said.
Police encourage residents to start locking doors and taking more precautions. Meanwhile, neighbors have stepped up neighborhood patrols, installing floodlights and security cameras
Chesterfield County Police have no suspects at this time.
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