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Summerville residents angry with string of recent burglaries in neighborhood

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A Summerville neighborhood is being targeted by burglars. The Fieldview community has experienced several break-ins this summer, while the residents are at home sleeping. It's a scary thought for neighbors who are doing all they can to stop the criminals.

Stacey Jarrett is a resident of the small and quiet neighborhood, located off of Comiskey Park Circle. She says residents are on edge as more and more burglaries occur. "I would say half the homes in the neighborhood now have a security system."

Security company signs are in nearly every front yard, and while residents are doing their part to secure their homes, they feel no safer. "It feels like nobody is doing a thing about it, that it just happens and we find out unfortunately on Facebook. We just find out that a new neighbor has been robbed."

Electronics and other valuables have been stolen from several houses in the community according to police reports. The scariest thing about it is the fact that the burglaries are happening in the early morning hours, while the residents are at home and asleep.

Captain Jon Rogers with the Summerville Police Department says, "They are getting away with a lot of electronics, and even taking the electronics out of the mix, it's the fact that someone is going into someone else's house, while people are actually in the home and sleeping. That's a pretty scary thought."

Rogers says increased patrol presence has been assigned to the area to prevent any future burglaries and they are working on clues to figure out the culprit. The best advice they are offering residents in the meantime, is to lock all windows and doors to make the home as secure as possible. "We believe they are coming through windows, and exiting out through the same windows they come in. Residents have got to secure their buildings and their property, stuff like that. Obviously we don't want anyone going into anyone's house in the middle of the night, especially when you are home."

The burglaries leaving an entire community unsettled, and asking for help. "It is your own home, you should be safe and secure in your own home." Jarrett says, "People should not just have access to walk in and take your stuff while you are sleeping."

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