Burglars targeting homes in Hanover

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - There is a crime alert in Hanover County where burglars are targeting homes. They're striking in broad daylight, while many people are at work or on vacation.

Several homes in the Studley and Black Creek areas have already been hit. Thieves are getting away with flat screen TVs, jewelry and weapons.

Many of the homes near Studley are ideal targets for burglars. Dense trees and long driveways provide privacy for homeowners and burglars alike.

Kellie Vitale lives in a wooded home not far from several of the houses recently burglarized.

"We really enjoy our country living," Vitale said.  "It's quiet and you don't have to worry, we didn't have to worry about those things in the past, so it's a shame that the times are changing like they are in these areas."

Burglars have been kicking in doors to get into some of these homes, but investigators say some people leave their doors unlocked, and that makes them an easy victim.

"Sometimes you'll just run to a neighbor's and leave the door unlocked," she said.  "Not anymore. You can't even do that."

Investigators say one of the best things you can do is write down the serial numbers on all your valuables. That way they can track it if it's ever stolen.

Police say it's also better to be safe than sorry. If you see something suspicious, call them right away.

Thomas Farmer says he's been doing just that, even before this string of burglaries.

"I am always on the lookout," Farmer said.  "Anytime I see a strange car I get the license number and I check on my neighbor's house."

He says one of the benefits of living in the country is knowing who belongs and who doesn't.

"You either come by here by invitation, or you're lost, which is acceptable," he said.  "Or you're up to no good."

Police say you should keep your shrubbery trimmed so burglars can't hide behind it, and always activate your alarm system if you have one.

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