Victims in series of car break-ins say poorly lit neighborhood is to blame
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A seemingly peaceful Jeffersonville neighborhood, with cars parked all along the street, has been hit with a rash of car break-ins.
“It's a little scary,” Tracy Reynolds told WDRB News.
The Terraces of Park Place Neighborhood Association says these break-ins happened early Monday morning.
“Anywhere between 3 and 5 a.m. there was about 20 plus car break-ins,” said Josh Rodriquez.
Rodriquez says neighborhood cars have been broken into before, usually looking for unlocked doors, but this time was different.
“The window was totally busted out. They had grabbed one of those stones from our flower bed and threw it in there,” Audrey Conder told WDRB News.
“You know that's a more aggressive crime, you're actually breaking the window to get in,” said Rodriguez.
“A lot of people are afraid to lock their doors because they're afraid they will use a brick or something to get in and then have to deal with that,” said Reynolds.
Not only do they have to deal with a broken car window, but also replace all their stolen items.
“They took backpacks and laptops,” said Rodriquez.
“Our iPad was missing, I had concert tickets to Maroon 5 that were missing, I had gift cards,” said Conder.
Many people living in the neighborhood think the dark streets are making them a target.
“That seems to be a problem in our neighborhood, there's not enough lighting,” said Rodriquez.
Jeffersonville Police say they're patrolling the area and following leads on suspects. Reynolds actually saw the person that went through her car, but didn't get a good look.
“So when I flipped my light on, I saw a figure run between my car and the car next door, then between our two houses and jumped the fence,” said Reynolds.
It's something that gives her an unsettled feeling along with the rest of her neighbors.
I feel safe overall, but it's just there's been a lot of occurrences here lately that keep you on your toes,” said Reynolds.
Jeffersonville Police urge people not to keep anything valuable inside their cars.
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