CHARLESTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- A string of car break-ins in the South Hills area of Charleston is leaving neighbors on edge.
Call it the crime of the summer; one Beth Bloch knows all too well.
"The glove box was open, all of the papers were rummaged through; some significant items had been stolen from us," remembers Bloch.
Credit cards, money, jewelry, and an iPad were all taken from Bloch's vehicle in a string of break-ins.
"We were one of seven that got hit on Tuesday morning, May 13th," Bloch said.
David Mitchell got hit a few weeks prior.
"You just wonder, who was it and would that person have hurt my grandson or my wife if they accidentally had come upon him when he was doing this?" Mitchell said.
They're crimes with a common cause.
"This is the season, though," Bloch said. "The weather is getting warmer; people are out."
There are precautions you can take to avoid being a victim.
First, avoid making it easy. Open windows or unlocked door make easy targets.
Second, don't draw people in. Leaving a phone or cash in plane sight can be just the temptation a crook needs.
Finally, take note of suspicious activity. If you see strangers looking into cars or vehicles driving by slowly, call police and alert your neighbors.