NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A day after four cars were broken into on a single block in a matter of minutes, police say a simple solution could be in the palm of your hands: your keys.
Police said each car thieves got into was unlocked, and they're warning residents to make sure their cars are locked every night.
"I'm one of the ones who left my car unlocked, and I'm kind of embarrassed. But I have a toddler. It should be the first thing on my mind, and it was the last thing on my mind," said one woman, who did not want to be identified.
The thieves broke into the cars in the 6900 block of General Haig within four minutes of each other early Monday morning.
"You get lulled into a false sense of security sometimes, and you think close to your home it's not a big deal, but it really is every time. Sometimes it's hard to remember, but this is definitely a wake-up call for that," said Weston Coby, who left his car unlocked.
Police said the group of thieves was walking down the block, pulling on car handles, until they found an opened door. Surveillance camera captures one guy rummaging through a car for more than a minute, before taking off.
"All they're doing is pulling on door handles and the doors are unlocked. It makes it easy for them, and quite frankly, if they're finding cars with doors unlocked it's gonna keep happening. So we need to do what we can do to keep it from happening and if they don't find anything they're gonna move to the next spot," said Keith Raymond, who lives on the block.
Lakeview residents pay for extra patrols, but some residents think more needs to be done to ensure their safety.
"We should feel safe with the patrols driving down the street, but we don't anymore. The patrol passed not 30 minutes before the guys came and broke into the car," one woman said.
Gino Ascani's surveillance cameras captured the entire crime. He appreciates the patrols, but active monitoring of cameras like his would decrease crime overall.
"As the patrols drive around, the headlights are shining, the kids hide behind the cars and then the car passes and the kids go right back to breaking into cars. There's nothing that will stop the crime like live monitoring of the cameras," Ascani said.
Ascani said he's offering a $500 reward for information that could lead to an arrest in the burglaries on his block.
Police ask anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers at 822-1111.