CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR) - Police around metro-Richmond said they have seen a spike in daytime home break-ins ever since the economy went into decline several years ago.
Around 250 people showed up at Monday night's Salisbury homeowners association meeting to talk to Chesterfield Police about four recent home break-ins.
Police said the crimes all happened about the same time of day, between 8 a.m. and noon. That’s the time of day when people run errands, head to work or drop off children.
Police said the thieves are targeting jewelry.
“I think people are becoming much more aware of their surroundings and what's going on,” said neighbor Jim Carrera, “and we do try to look out for each other as much as possible,” chimed in his wife Margaret.
“Even though it seems like it's a safe neighborhood you can't let your guard down you must be aware,” Cpl. Gordon said.
Salisbury security said it planned to increase their neighborhood patrols.