HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – We uncovered some news out of Short Pump that may surprise you: crime in that area of Henrico has doubled, compared to this same time last year. Nearly 300 people packed a Henrico County neighborhood clubhouse Tuesday night in the fight against crime. They came face to face with Henrico Police to find out about a significant increase in home break-ins in the west end of the county.
"I think it's important to come to know what's going on in your neighborhood," said Short Pump resident, Shirl Leverett.
"I live in the far West End community," said resident, Cheryl Truman. "I have seen some unusual activity."
Truman listened intently to the advice given by the officers. Police tell us crime in the Short Pump area has nearly doubled since this time last year. Cheryl believes she's even seen some burglars in action.
"I saw them come from behind the house," said Truman. "Curious why they were moving from behind the house. I know my neighbors."
Residents took notes from officers who gave simple advice to help keep their homes safe. Officers suggest trimming the hedges in front of you home, hide things like newspapers and trash cans that let crooks know you're not home, never leave a spare key anywhere and lastly put lights on timers or leave them on all night.
"If you harden the home, make it less attractive for someone to want to break in and move off somewhere else," said Henrico Police Lieutenant Jim Price. "And we like the fact that people are calling on things they feel are suspicious and we encourage them to call us."
There were nine neighborhoods represented at the meeting. The best thing to do if you notice anything suspicious is call the Henrico County Police non emergency line at 501-500.