Car Break-Ins on Rise in Charlottesville, One Caught on Camera
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A Charlottesville man woke up to quite a surprise when he checked his security camera Wednesday morning.
Doug Lawson’s cameras caught two burglars breaking into his car as it sat in his driveway. Unfortunately, he left the car unlocked.
The Fifeville resident says the criminals did not get away with much. The only thing missing from his car is a plastic Halloween skeleton he left in his backseat.
"Our neighbors have been broken into while they have been at home, and I think that same night our neighbors on the other side had had their car gone through, as well,” Lawson said. “Nobody's been hurt that we're aware of, but we do know things happen."
Those with the Charlottesville Police Department say they know of more than 20 car break-ins in the last two weeks. They encourage you to keep your doors locked and valuables out of sight whenever you leave your car.
"If a criminal sees something valuable in the front seat of your car or on your center console they're gonna take it," said CPD spokesperson Tyler Hawn.
Police say Lawson's security cameras will make it easier to catch the burglars. They say if you can afford the make that investment, it could be the difference between getting justice and coming up empty handed.