James Bailey stood on his front porch on Finchley Drive and counted the times his neighbors had been broken into over the years.
"The one next door, two times, the one across the street -- four or five times," Bailey said as he pointed from house to house.
"My wife, she's handicapped and she's afraid every time I walk out the door," he said.
Police are concerned also. They said there have been half a dozen break-ins in the neighborhood off Eastway Drive just in the last month.
Tammy Shoe said she has seen people hanging out on her dead end street late at night and as long as it goes on she says she can't feel safe there.
"I keep my kids in my house and I tell them don't go past my yard. If they do, I have to look for them," Shoe said.
"This is a prime example of our problem over here," said Lt. Todd Garrett as he stood next to a house with a huge hole knocked out of its crawlspace wall, where he said thieves probably had broken in to steal copper pipe.
"At night time folks are sliding up under these houses and making the quick cuts then rolling the stuff up and heading out of here," Garrett said.
It is one of many homes in the older neighborhood that is vacant or abandoned altogether and Garrett said police are working with Code Enforcement officers to try to get them secured or cleaned up.
"As you can see, there is no door here," Garrett said as he stood on the back porch of another house that had been ransacked.
There were also several window panes shattered in the front of the house -- evidence of what Garrett calls the "broken window theory."
"As long as those windows keep getting broken, people are going to think it's OK to break the next one and the next one. It's a domino effect for the community," Garrett said.
It's a domino effect police are hoping to stop before this community's spirit is shattered by the next break-in and the next.