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Neighborhood asks for more patrols after burglaries

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Sign warns burglars neighbors are watching. Sign warns burglars neighbors are watching.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Drivers often slow down to read a bright yellow sign Donna Hutchison placed in her Vermont Avenue front yard.

"To the petty criminals," it reads. "Our house was robbed on 12/30/13. We have an alarm. It went off. FYI we shop at Big Lots, Dollar Store and Savers. Our TV is from 1999. It requires a dolly to move it. When you are caught, you will be arrested. This neighborhood is on to you. We are watching."

For the last month, Hutchison and some of her neighbors on Vermont near 11th Avenue have had problems with burglars. Hutchison says in some cases, the crooks will hit the same house twice.

"They took this unassuming brick and threw it through the French door, right here," Hutchison explained.

Like most of her neighbors, Hutchison has a security system in place complete with cameras and an alarm. She was away from home, watching the live video feed on her iPad.

"I felt helpless," she said. "Just because you have an alarm, it's a false sense of security. They're still fast, they know the cops' response times."

Within four minutes, Hutchison says the burglars ransacked her home, getting away with cash. Her neighbors have lost jewelry and in some cases, a television.

"They're coming in from the back alleyway," she said.

The recent burglaries have some neighbors more watchful of their street. Roberta Diaz, a retiree, says she has not been hit by burglars but it has every neighbor on the lookout.

"Every time you talk to somebody, it's another story," Diaz said. "Either another attempt or an actual break-in."

Diaz doesn't hesitate to call police whenever she sees a shady character eyeing her neighborhood, but she says the calls and the watchful neighbors aren't preventing these crimes from happening.

"We certainly need more help," Diaz said. "We'd like the police to be more visible, drive down the alleys, just respond quicker."

Hutchison says she's fed up with the crime and posted the bright yellow sign hoping the crooks would read it because, according to her, it's just a matter of time before they're caught.

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