Increase in home burglaries in Hopewell

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Take action to keep burglars out of your home! That's the message from Hopewell Police to the community after several home break-ins.

Betty Luffman came home from church earlier this month and found her front door open and items inside of her home missing.

"They took the beds a part, they stole my medication, laptop, GPS, money out of a safe. I think it's bad you can't leave your home and come back and find it in the same condition you left it in," said Luffman.

It's a crime that's on the rise in Hopewell. Police are asking residents to take action by keeping their exterior lights on throughout the evening and nights. Also, put a security sign in your yard -- even if you don't have an alarm system. And remember, crooks usually won't steal what they can't see. So don't leave valuables in plain sight.

It may sound like a good idea but police recommend that you don't hide a spare key in a predictable place -- like the ledge above the door or under a door mat. It's advice Luffman's neighbors say they'll put to use.

"We got to be vigilant and watch out for each other more of a neighborhood watch," said Clarence Fenner, a concerned resident.

The crimes are happening across the city and at different times during the day. John Lesley's neighbor's home was recently burglarized. The crook or crooks got away with guns, money, jewelry and cash.

"It was shocking to us because we didn't think anybody would harm anyone on this street," said Lesley.

Lesley is now on alert.

"We keep the doors even in the day locked and all of our windows are locked," he added.

As for Luffman, she has a message for the person who burglarized her home.

"You need to stop doing this because you're violating people," said Luffman.

If you have any information on these crimes call Hopewell Police.

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