DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Nursing home employees took their concerns to the local blogger “The Dot Chew’ about the recent car break-ins — 12 of them taking place at Wesley Place.
Rhonda Smith, who works inside Wesley Place nursing home, was working a double shift. During the middle of her first shift, she and her co-workers were notified that chaos was taking place in the parking lot.
“Two of my co-workers went outside to check their vehicles, I stayed on the floor and when they came in I went to check my vehicle and mine was one of the vehicles that got broken into,” Smith said.
This was the scene of Smith’s KIA Forte — her passenger window shattered and her things displaced.
“Angry because of course I have a broken window now. Thank God I had took everything inside. My other co-workers were not as fortunate because they had some money stolen and a passport stolen,” She said.
Smith said it’s upsetting to come back to your car or home to see that all of the things you have worked hard for are gone.
Another thing concerning her is the lack of security measures. The nursing home has some in place — but cameras in the parking lot are not a part of the plan.
“We felt like with the improved lighting and the security company that works overnight we felt like we were providing enough security but you know criminals will find a way,” Smith said.
Wesley Place staff say they have plans to enhance security to prevent something like this from happening again.
In the meantime they are urging their employees to lock their doors and if you see something suspicious report it. There are no known suspects at this time.