Prince George Police warn residents of spike in home burglaries

PRINCE GOERGE, VA (WWBT) - A warning from Prince George Police to residents. Be on the lookout for suspicious activity. Since October the county has seen a spike in actual and attempted home burglaries.

Two of the break-ins happened at the Country Aire Mobile Home Park in the 700 block of Wood Duck Street. It's a frightening reality for David Humphrey and his family.

"It's devastating. It makes you leery," said Humphrey.

He lives next door to one of the burglarized home. Humphrey recently witnessed a similar crime in the community.

"We saw some people breaking into a trailer across the way -- taking an air conditioner right out of the window," he added.

Police say since October there's been a jump in actual and attempted residential burglaries -- 26 to be exact. The majority of the crimes are happening in the northern part of the county. But in the last three weeks- most of the break-ins have taken place in southern Prince George.

Crooks are mainly stealing jewelry. Police need your help solving these crimes.

"Nobody knows their neighborhood better than a neighbor. Any suspicious activity they're seeing please call us right then. A vehicle description or plate number is great if you can give that to us," said Lt. Paul Burroughs.

Investigators say, during some of the crimes back doors were kicked in.

"These are daylight burglaries after people leave for work - they later find out their house was broken into when they get home from work," said Burroughs.

Investigators are encouraging residents to invest in an alarm system, not to leave items in plain sight and to use deadbolt locks.

As for Humphrey his dogs are his security system.

"Every little noise we hear we're right on top of it. I just hope they catch whoever is doing all of this breaking and entering," said Humphrey.

Police say it's unclear if all of the crimes are related. If you know anything about any of these crimes call police or Crime Solvers at 733-2777.

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