Durham police sound warning after group seen on camera checking car doors

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police are looking into a home surveillance video that caught a group of people checking car doors and then trying to get inside.  

“It angers me,” said Michelle Wicker.

She couldn’t believe her eyes while playing back footage from her home surveillance camera. 

At least three people are seen walking near her house, then trying to get inside the cars parked in her driveway near Spring Meadow Drive. 

“I was raised on you don’t steal,” Wicker said. “If you want something, you work hard for it, and you make a way to get it, but you wouldn’t go and take something from somebody else.” 

Wicker posted the video on Nextdoor so her neighbors would be aware of the Sunday morning incident.  

Investigators are now looking into it.  

“It’s sad that we have to do these things to protect our homes, but otherwise what are we going to do? We wouldn’t even know what is happening at night,” she said. 

Wicker bought cameras years ago after thieves stole her car in 2012.  

Durham police tell CBS 17 there were more than 800 cars stolen in 2018. Vehicle theft has been on the rise in the last three years in Durham.

Wicker is not letting that scare her.  

“I don’t plan to leave my home,” she said. “I plan to get them to stop doing the crime.” 

Wicker said she believes people will stop committing crimes if the community works together and continue spreading the word about what’s happening in their neighborhoods.

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