Raleigh, N.C. — Neighbors in Raleigh's Brier Creek Country Club community are on alert after at least 11 homes were burglarized in recent months, according to police reports.
Resident Steve Pladna said Sunday that, though most of the crimes remain unsolved, he believes police are doing the best they can do.
"When we first moved here in 2008, there had been a rash of break-ins and then they kind of dissipated. So, I think what happens is areas like this get targeted," Pladna said. "Guys come in and then when it gets too hot to handle, they go somewhere else. Then, in another five years, they'll be back here again."
Police records show the most recent break-in was last Sunday around 4 p.m. The homeowners had gone for a 45-minute walk when the burglars kicked in the screened porch door.
It's hard to identify a pattern because the break-ins have occurred in the morning, afternoon and night, police said. But, in most cases, the burglars break in through the back of the house.
No residents have been home during any of the reported crimes.
Pladna said he's concerned, but not worried.
"I don't worry about it. I can sleep at night – with my alarm on," he said.