Possible Scheme Targets South Hills Neighborhood

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Burglaries and contractor scams have caught the attention of Mayor Danny Jones.

"Who are they? Why are they coming to peoples homes?" Jones said, referring to possible phony contractors.

One showed up at his South Hills home Monday night.

"He asked me, 'We're in the neighborhood working and we'd like to see if you'd have your house inspected," Jones said, explaining he had a bad feeling about the situation. "If a person wanted to case a home, if they wanted to look for a way to find a vulnerable part of the home so they could break in later on, what a better way to do it."

There's been over five break-ins recently in the area and while the phony contractors aren't directly linked to burglaries, neighbors are taking note.

"The rumor over there is the contractors told some people they were doing a house and the one next door is empty and they decided to target that house for a burglary," says Joni Deutsch who lives nearby.

Now instead of home improvement trucks, neighbors are seeing more alarm companies installing a sense of security for the people of South Hills.

"There's a lot of people that don't want to be burglarized, no one does, but they don't expect to be because it's such a trusting area. Lights are turned on. We're looking out for each other and making sure none of this happens again," Deutsch says.

They're keeping close watch on each other, their homes and whoever might come knocking.

The mayor says he wanted to get his story out to as many people as possible. He hopes people will take it seriously so they can protect themselves before this possibly happens to them.

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