Car break-ins have been on the rise across almost every community in middle Tennessee.
“This happens seemingly randomly,” said Jim Cheney, spokesperson for the community of Westhaven in Franklin.
It’s a random crime Cheney says that’s recently been on the rise in Westhaven.
“There has been a rash of break-ins,” Cheney said.
There have been seven car burglaries and two car thefts in the last month. Most of the cars were left unlocked.
“You can’t take it for granted that it won’t happen,” he said.
This week, the neighborhood held a crime meeting and sent a letter to residents, stating police would be stepping up patrols and are urging neighbors to report anything suspicious.
“It kind of heightens people’s awareness of what’s going on,” Cheney said.
The homeowner’s association is also in the process of getting bids for license plate cameras at each entrance to the community, according to the letter.
“We can look at potentially putting proactive measures that we can stop things like this in the future,” Cheney said.
The technology is already in place in certain neighborhoods like the Stockett Creek community in Williamson County.
Neighbors installed a camera in October and haven’t had any break-ins since, according to Ron Carlson, spokesperson for the Stockett Creek Homeowner’s Association. It reads every license plate going into the neighborhood 24 hours a day.
But before going that route, Cheney says there are simpler steps that residents can take.
“Part of that is locking your car, part of that is not leaving things out where people can see it,” Cheney said.