Victims Of Car Break-ins Get Creative In Deterring Future Crime - FOX 13 News

Victims Of Car Break-ins Get Creative In Deterring Future Crime

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

People in Philadelphia's Roxborough neighborhood are fed up after a rash of car break-ins. So they're banding together, and getting creative, to fight crime before it happens.

"I felt a little violated because there was no sign of entry and I know the car was locked."

Melanie Wescott's car was targeted in a recent rash of Roxborough break-ins just last week.

The thief may have stolen $300 worth of clothes from her car, but not her sense of humor.

"We all had big vigilante ideas of setting up a sting operation," says Westcott.

Wescott didn't become a capped crusader, but she took to her computer on a crusade, sending an e-mail out to alert her neighbors to the crime spree on the 500 block of Seville.

Now she and other victims like Marianna Dolan are teaming up.

They urge neighbors not to leave change and other valuables in plain view. They're also part of a growing group of residents on the street who've also vowed to leave their porch lights on.

"Everyone keeping in touch, leaving porch lights on, emailing. Kind of looking out for each other," says Marianna Dolan.

Ryan Gibbons is also taking extra precautions so he doesn't become a victim. He's trying to get neighbors to follow his lead.

The Seville Street resident leaves his empty center console and glove box wide open.

"If anyone is walking by, they'll look in and see nothing for them to steal," Ryan Gibbons.

"We welcome that. We welcome anything the community is going to do to make it harder for local thieves to make them victims," says Captain John Cerron of the Philadelphia Police.

"Were keeping the cars completely empty and locked and hopefully they'll find there's less to take and [less] reason to come here," says Westcott.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

    Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:19:13 GMT
    Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it is looking into "unusual activity" and that working with both banks and law enforcement.
    Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it is looking into "unusual activity" and that working with both banks and law enforcement.
  • DA: 15-Year-Old Girl Was Driving At Time Of Crash In Wayne County

    DA: 15-Year-Old Girl Was Driving At Time Of Crash In Wayne County

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:14:25 GMT
    There are new developments in the deadly crash that killed three Council Rock High School South students.
    There are new developments in the deadly crash that killed three Council Rock High School South students.
  • 9-Year-Old Shot in Tacony

    9-Year-Old Shot in Tacony

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:11:59 GMT
    A 9-year-old boy was shot in the head just before 3:30pm on Tuesday afternoon. It happened on the 4700 block of Knorr St in the Tacony section of the city.The boy was transported to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His condition is unknown at this time, but police tell Fox 29 that he suffered a graze wound to the head.So far there have been no arrests. Police are currently on scene investigating.Stay with Fox 29 news for any updates.
    A 9-year-old boy was shot in the head just before 3:30pm on Tuesday afternoon. It happened on the 4700 block of Knorr St in the Tacony section of the city.The boy was transported to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His condition is unknown at this time, but police tell Fox 29 that he suffered a graze wound to the head.So far there have been no arrests. Police are currently on scene investigating.Stay with Fox 29 news for any updates.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices