Residents of Todd Acres are on high alert after a mother is robbed and beaten with the barrel of a gun in her own driveway.
They tell News 5 it’s typically pretty quiet but this incident leaves them feeling uneasy.
“I couldn’t stop crying when I saw her, she was bleeding and stuff, it was terrible,” said one neighbor who doesn’t want to be identified.
That neighbor tells News 5 she saw the woman right after the crime took place Monday night. “I’m scared. This is a nice neighborhood. That’s why we moved here in the first place.”
Mobile Police say the victim pulled into her driveway when a man pointed a gun at her and robbed her. Then another man beat her with the barrel of the rifle.
“When we pull into our driveway we think everything is fine and everything is safe but that’s when you become the victim because your level of security has dropped because you think you’re home,” said Mobile Police Officer Gary Owens who works in crime prevention.
Monday night’s incident marks at least ten robberies or assaults in a driveway in Mobile within the past twelve months.
Law enforcement says predators prey on your sense of security. “That’s when your level of awareness should be up because that’s when you’re more likely to be the victim,” said Officer Owens.
Officers recommend you lock the doors to both your home and cars, increase lighting and your awareness, install security cameras and watch for strange activity.
Owens says you can even open your door differently. “You put your back to the back of the street to open your door, you should open it up from the side.”
Police also recommend if you were to get robbed, just give the criminals what they want and they’re more likely to leave peacefully.
If you have any information on Monday night’s robbery and assault, please contact the Mobile Police Department.