Belhaven and Belhaven Heights neighbors are concerned after a rash of break ins plagues their community.
The Greater Belhaven Foundation held a meeting on Monday night to discuss some of those concerns, while Jackson Police performed traffic stops in the area.
WJTV wasn’t allowed inside the meeting, but we did see Jackson Police out in a full force.
With 13 burglaries and attempted burglaries in the last two weeks, Behlaven Heights and Belhaven neighbors are constantly looking over their shoulder
“You just feel very vulnerable when you’re house is broken into, and your private space is violated, and so residents are concerned,” Jennifer Welch said.
This random spike in crime is unlike anything long time Belhaven homeowner and Greater Belhaven Foundation board member, Jennifer Welch has seen before.
“The first house burglary was Wednesday, February the 13th at 1:30, and then we had 2 on Thursday, and 3 on Friday, and now there are about 2 or 3 per day,” Welch recalls.
Several electronics have been stolen along with some jewelry and other valuables.
“I just think that thieves look for an opportunity and we are a quaint, sweet, neighborhood. We do walk our dogs and walk our kids around and so there just looking for an opportunity,” she explained.
She says several cars have also been rifled through with valuables stolen, but certain signs lead neighbors to believe the same people are committing these crimes.
“It’s a wonderful neighborhood, our historic neighborhoods are important, they symbolize the greater Jackson area, the stronger the historic area, is the stronger our city is, so this is not a time to abandon or be discouraged, this is a time to pull together and really combat this as a team,” Welch said.
While it’s an unsettling feeling welch is happy to see a strong Jackson Police presence in her neighborhood.
The community association provided neighbors with several tips to help from becoming a victim.
- Get involved in your community, get to know your neighbors and communicate with one another.
- Download the Nextdoor neighbor app to stay up to date and be made aware of what’s happening around you.
- Install a home security system or camera.
- Use outdoor lighting and motion sensors.
- Secure your doors and windows as best you can.
- Use timers to mimic human activity while you aren’t home.
- Don’t leave valuables in your car.
- Lock your car, your garage and the fence to your yard.