Vehicles on Moseley Street, Bevill Drive, River Road, McCrory Street and Buttermilk Road have been rummaged through in the past two weeks after citizens left the doors unlocked. A gun and loose change are the only items of value that have been taken so far.
Also, some electronics were stolen from a house on High Street after the homeowner left the front door unlocked.
“They’re not busting windows or knocking in doors to burglarize. They’re taking advantage of people being careless and not locking the doors on their home or their car,” Smith said.
Most of the thefts have occurred at night.
Although there are no leads to follow, Smith suspects that juveniles are responsible. “I’m not so sure that it isn’t just kids walking the streets and getting loose change to go buy candy at Sheri’s (One Stop),” Smith said.
Smith urged residents to not only keep their doors locked at all times but also to join the Neighborhood Watch group that meets the last Thursday of each month at City Hall.
Officer Aaron Moseley recently gave a presentation on simple tips to prevent burglaries like the ones that have been occuring around the city.
“Every one of these incidents could have been prevented,” Smith said.