CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) Thieves are striking while you take your hikes around Raccoon Mountain. There is a rash car break-in over the past few weekends that many visitors didn't even know about.
This recent spike it car break-ins leaves visitors and TVA officials concerned and confused.
"There has been a noticeable increase in the number of reported private vehicle break-ins on the Raccoon Mountain property,” said TVA Spokesman Jim Hopson.
Enjoying the outdoors for some may not be as enjoyable as it once was especially in this parking area at Raccoon Mountain.
Hopson said the rash of break-ins happened in a public area which puts the situation out of their hands.
"TVA cooperates with local law enforcement agencies and in this particular case the Chattanooga Police Department who is taking the lead on the continuing investigations into those break-ins,” said Hopson.
Now visitors like Tripp Ransom will have one more thing to worry about out here other than Mother Nature.
"We never had issues up here never,” said Ransom. “It never even crossed my mind up here."
He and his friend, Stephanie Lynskey, both say they have a friend who fell victim to a thief in the area.
"He said he had his cell phone he had his iPad,” said Lynskey.
Many were not aware of the recent break-ins but say they're glad they know now.
“I didn't know anything about break-ins in this area,” said college student Viktorija Rimko. “Now it will make me be more careful not only in this area but also in other areas where you go for a hike."
TVA says to do not make yourself a target by leaving items like cell phones, iPads or even wallets and purses visible in your car.
New 12 did reach out to the Chattanooga Police Department and they say they were not able to comment at this time.
Also, no suspects have been identified.