ALBANY, GA (WALB) - People who live in a west Albany neighborhood said that they don't feel as safe as they used to.
More crime has been coming to their community in the Whisperwood St. area and the residents have vowed to put a stop to it.
Albany Police said that they are increasing patrols in that neighborhood.
Residents on Whisperwood Street said that they are tired of being targets of crime and are working to take back their neighborhoods.
Resident Rose Branam had some choice words for the crooks who have been targeting her quiet neighborhood.
"I just want to say if you're watching, whoever did this we're watching for you," said Branam.
She's been on high alert after receiving a concerned call from her neighbors Monday evening.
Branam explained, "his front door just kicked in and so of course we ran right over and we looked around. We couldn't see anybody they had already called 911."
Now an ADT security system sign sits in front of her neighbor's home.
Branam also said, "you could actually see the footprints on the front door step of the person that did it."
Branam said that in the past, one of her neighbors had $30,000 worth of jewelry stolen from their home. She said she's also been a victim of crime herself.
"It's gotten quieter but it's gotten worse as far as crime. We've had many things stolen from our own home here through our garage, so we keep our garage door down now. We've had our mailbox knocked down at least three times,"said Branam.
She said her neighbors are now banding together against the crooks by stepping up security.
"We're all trying to look after each other but when it happens so fast and they are so quick it's hard to catch them," explained Branam.
Albany Police Chief Michael Persley said that officers are being directed to increase patrols and monitor the area more closely.