COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A string of car break-ins has some Columbus residents concerned more about their cars being broken into than their child's soccer game.
"We're out here to have a good time and we have to worry about our vehicles being snuck in the parking lot and we shouldn't have to worry about that," says one Columbus resident who wants to remain anonymous.
Walking up and down the parking lot at the Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex, you can see broken glass and other car parts in different parking spaces.
One Columbus woman says she is a recent victim of car break-in while watching her son play soccer.
"I was parked down there and as we came out I opened the side door and I heard a sound," says the woman who wishes to remain unnamed.
She says one of her car windows was busted in and the thief made off with her purse.
"They are bold. They broke into the car mid-daytime, broke the windows out. That's very brave, so you got to be very vigilant on what you do out here," says one frequent visitor who wishes to go unnamed.
Columbus Police tells News Leader 9 that off-duty officers are normally hired during soccer games for security. They encourage everyone to take the extra step by not leaving anything of value in your vehicle, making sure your car alarm is on and to even deactivate your trunk lock.
"You have to think. There are other people out here looking for that easy opportunity so lock your car up, put the bags away and cover some stuff up out here," says one frequent visitor who wishes to go unnamed.
Frequent visitors say hopefully some soon security cameras could be installed for more protection.