Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: Parker Slaybaugh
Campbell Co., VA - Campbell County deputies have stepped up their patrols to deal with a recent increase in crime. In the last couple of weeks alone, they have seen at least eight car break-ins.
The sheriff says all of the break-ins are the result of people leaving their cars unlocked. But they are also seeing more scams and more home break-ins.
"This house and I believe it was one back there," said Captain Billy Crowe.
Crowe is busy trying to track down Hubert Lee, a person of interest in a few home break-ins on Waterlick Road.
"It was about a two day period," Crowe said.
But home break-ins are just one problem the county is facing.
"We see a lot more of the construction frauds and scams. Paving," said Sheriff Steve Hutcherson.
Alarm system and roofing scams too. About a week ago, Sheriff Hutcherson says a woman was lured out of her home while someone else entered and attempted to steal from her. That person was not successful. But officials say you need to do your homework before you let anyone in.
"Make sure you check them over real good before you hand over any money or sign a contract," said Hutcherson.
In fact, they should have a permit through the county if they are selling a service or good. As for those car break-ins.
"They'll walk from driveway to driveway and just pull on the door handles," said Crowe.
Just locking your doors is more protection than you might think.
"Chances are they won't break the glass to take them. Because they don't want to make that noise," said Crowe.