Viral video inspires beachgoers to protect their property

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A viral video shows the owner of a tent confronting two women accused of trying to steal it. Here at home, beach-goers say that video, combined with the summer beach crowds, makes them think twice about leaving personal belongings unattended.

"It's unfortunate because if you want to go in the water, you don't want to feel like you're stuff is going to get stolen," said Brandie Todd.

While First Coast News was at the beach, we found lots of personal possessions with no owner in sight. Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue says they're no stranger to theft complaints. Also, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department says thieves typically wait for people to get deep in the water before moving in and taking a bag or purse.

That's why Todd, and many others we spoke with said they never are far from their belongings.

"If you want to bring stuff to the beach and leave them unattended, don't get upset if they get stolen because it can happen and it will happen," said Todd.


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