Durham woman moving out after break-ins at apartment complex

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Mary Ann said she doesn't feel safe living in her apartment anymore (WTVD)

A string of recent break-ins has some Durham residents worried. They say police warned about the crimes and told them to lock their doors. One woman is taking things a little further.

Mary Ann lives at the Beech Apartments on University Drive. She said she is packing up and moving out.

"I don't want to stay in an apartment that I don't feel safe in," she explained.

She said Durham police told her during a recent community meeting that there have been break-ins in her neighborhood. Thieves have been targeting first floor apartment in the middle of the night.

Mary Ann lives on the first floor. She said staff at the complex trimmed the bushes around her windows. But uncertainly is the last straw for her. She said for the last two years she's experienced nothing but trouble - from bug infestations, a sinking ceiling, and now a threat of criminal activity.

She's ready to go. "I don't want to stay here at night," she said.

ABC11 reached out to Durham police but they said they could not comment or confirm the threat of break-ins. The leasing office at the apartment complex said they could not comment until a manager was on duty.

Police gave these safety tips:
  • Lock all doors and windows

  • Leave a light on

  • Install motion sensors

  • Install alarms


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