ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Some homeowners in Orange County said they no longer feel safe after dozens of break-ins in their community.
On Wednesday, they met with local leaders and law enforcement, calling for increased security measures in the Conway area near the Orlando Executive Airport, including street surveillance cameras.
Shannon Doster-Ansley said her computer, which contained countless pictures and videos of her three children, was stolen from her home.
She hung a bright green poster on her fence offering a $3,000 reward for its return.
“Sweet, sweet moments. Even the blurry pictures I love and could never delete,” Doster-Ansley said.
Doster-Ansley is one of 30 home burglary victims in the Conway area, and the $20,000 worth of jewelry and electronics that were taken from her home are nothing compared to the memories on the family laptop.
“We have over 100,000 pictures and videos of our children,” she said.
Residents said they want help from city leaders to take back their neighborhood.
“I want neighborhood cameras,” said resident Alina Paradoa.
During a community meeting, they heard from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke.
Clarke said cameras are an option and not just in Conway.
“What we’re looking at now is, how do we get these cameras available to the neighborhoods?” Clarke said.
Detectives also told residents how the criminals operate and what to look out for.
“They live in that community, or may come by periodically,” said Capt. Al Rollins, with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Doster-Ansley said she plans to leave the sign up until she gets her laptop back.
Meanwhile, extra patrols have been added to the Conway community.