CRIME ALERT: South Point Police Investigating Rash of Home Break-Ins

SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- People in South Point are watching for burglars on their streets.

We first told you about a rash of car thefts and break-ins in South Point earlier this week.

Adding to that, police said they've seen a steady increase in daytime home break-ins targeting the elderly, and they're warning neighbors to watch out for suspicious activity.

Neighbors also believe that's why they're being hit.

But they're also ready to fight back and they said that means locking things up, watching their streets and working together to stop criminals from targeting them again.

"Usually it's a quiet and peaceful neighborhood, I mean, about all old people around here," said William Mofford.

William Mofford is frustrated after he was the target of a break-in in South Point.

"They got the door open, went in, took my weed eater and a few of my tools," said Mofford.

He said it may not seem like much but these thefts force people to replace what's been taken.

"That's money out of your pocket for a bunch of crooks out here buying drugs," Mofford said.

South Point Police said there's been an increase in daytime home burglaries in the last month and a half.

They said the thieves are targeting the elderly in quiet neighborhoods, hitting streets like North Kenova Road, Billie Joy Drive and Fitzpatrick Street.

Police said the criminals try to blend in by doing things like yard work or jogging.

"We wasn't home, I don't think, at the time it happened," said Mofford.

That's exactly when police said these crooks force their way in and take valuables like cash, jewelry, even electronics to sell for drug money.

But neighbors are catching on.

"I've noticed some foot traffic here recently, of people I didn't recognize, and that's kind of strange for this area," said Rick Kinney.

Police said you can prevent these thefts by installing a security or video surveillance system, watching foot and car traffic on your street and reporting suspicious activity to police.

"It's never good when people's houses are being broken into, because you never know what else it could lead to," said Kinney.

Neighbors said these break-ins are a wake-up call, to watch out for each other and in turn, stop criminals in their tracks.

South Point Police said they've made no arrests in these cases. They also have no suspects.

If you have any information about the burglaries, you're asked to call the South Point Police Department.

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