DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Neighbors are fed up with thieves targeting their homes -- so they're doing something about it.
Channel 2's Darryn Moore learned that residents say the thieves are watching their every move.
Some of the break-ins happened on Webster Drive in Decatur. Residents said the thieves are watching and waiting for them to leave their homes in the Clairmont Heights section of north DeKalb County before making their move.
One homeowner said the crooks used a crowbar to break inside her home and then ransacked the place.
“I think they used a crowbar,” Clairmont Heights resident Lisa Rodziewicz said. She showed how thieves broke into her home in the middle of the day Wednesday. It’s the latest in a recent spike in break-ins in the area that have neighbor’s concerned.
“It looks like they looked under mattresses, sock drawers, any little boxes or bags,” Rodziewicz said. “I really think they were looking for jewelry.”
Over the past three months, residents say burglars hit several homes. Many of them during the day. But Thursday night residents and DeKalb County police came together for a private meeting and talked about the crimes.
“It’s not the stuff, because that can all be replaced,” Dawn Forman told Swann. “It’s just the safe feeling in your home that’s no longer there once you’ve been broken into.”
Forman heads up the Laurel Ridge Neighborhood Watch. She says she and her neighbors are working with police and even planning their own patrols to catch the people responsible.
“We look out for each other,” Forman said. “I think that’s what they need to know is that we look out for each other.”
In several cases, neighbors report seeing a white pick-up truck backed into the driveways of homes that have been targeted. Police urge residents who see anything suspicious to immediately call 911.