by: Tenikka Smith Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Neighbors told Eyewitness News that thieves are breaking into homes near Freedom Park.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers have strong leads in the crimes.
One woman, who did not want her name used, said there were two break-ins on her street in a matter of days. She stumbled upon evidence in one of them.
"I park in the back and as I was leaving the driveway, I noticed the break-in, a window open,” she said.
Ideal Way is one of the streets named in a Facebook message warning residents about the crimes. The message also asks people who live in the area to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
Neighbors Eyewitness News spoke to said they have seen increased police patrols in the area.
Eyewitness News found police reports dating back to Oct. 15, listing two reports of break-ins on Hemlock Street and two on Idlewood Circle.
In one case, a woman and two children were home when it happened. They were not hurt.
The would-be thief broke a window, but didn't steal anything.
In other cases, the crooks have taken televisions, laptops, money and jewelry.
A lieutenant told Eyewitness News, while there may be a spike from time to time, break-ins are generally not a huge problem in the area.
"It makes me apprehensive. It certainly makes me more aware of my surroundings and (I will) be more careful,” the neighbor Eyewitness News spoke to said.
Police are investigating the crime.
The woman said neighbors should also take extra steps to better protect themselves.
"I'd tell folks to get alarms, make sure they have secured their homes the best way they can. Good lighting, good deadbolts and look out for each other," she said.