It's usually one of the most peaceful places in the Coastal Empire, but there's a bit of a crime wave on Isle of Hope. Over the last month, the sleepy island community has seen burglaries and break-ins hit an all-time high. Twenty-three-year resident Sammy Moore says from burglaries to car break-ins, the time of day doesn't matter any more. "Whoever is doing it is bold," he said. "They do it in broad daylight."
The days of leaving your garage doors open and leaving your doors unlocked on Isle of Hope are over. One family found out the hard way when a stranger walked into their house in the middle of the night. Wayne Hosti heard a noise and went to see what it was. When he turned the corner, he saw a stranger holding his girlfriend's purse. "I had realized we were being robbed, and proceeded to chase the gentleman...pretty much chased him out the garage," Hosti told us. "I had to run back in and put some clothes on, and I was able to run him down."
Hosti may have caught one serial burglar, but the break-ins continued. Last night, we found neighbors left feeling hopeless are taking crime-fighting into their own hands. Their neighborhood watch meeting brought out the community and law enforcers. They warned, lock your cars, hide your valuables, and use common sense.
"If you make yourself a victim, you're going to get hit," said Sammy Moore.
Savannah-Chatham police wouldn't give specifics, but do tell WTOC they have added more patrols to the area, with more frequent rounds, unmarked units and even mounted police officers.