Neighbors Fighting Back After 'Hometown' Break-ins

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors in Hometown are banding together after a recent string of home break-ins in the neighborhood.

“It makes you feel a little uneasy to know that there are people prowling,” neighbor Bobbie Young said.

West Virginia State Police told neighbors in the Hometown area have reported prowlers and home break-ins in the neighborhood within the last month.

Young said her neighbor was a victim of the burglaries when her home was broken into several weeks ago. No one was hurt in the incident, but at least a large screen television was stolen.

Police advise locking windows and doors at all times to prevent break-ins.

“One of the break-ins, there was a ladder hanging out, don't leave anything that could help them actually break your doors, or break your windows,” West Virginia State Police Trooper N. Moncayo said. “Install some kind of flood lights that detects movement.”

Neighbors said they're installing security systems, flood lights and keeping a watchful eye on the neighborhood to ensure that these break-ins come to an end.

“We physically patrol the town seven nights a week,” said neighborhood watch group member Fred White. “We're fairly sure we've made a difference as far as the break-ins go.”

Police encourage anyone with concerns about suspicious behavior to call 911.

“Absolutely call, because we can't be everywhere at once,” Moncayo said. “Any information is good for us.”

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