ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Ashland Police have noticed a trend in daytime burglaries when many people aren't home.
People in one neighborhood, where a burglary happened last week, are on alert and watching everything a little closer.
"We've lived here for 30 years; a lot of elderly people live in this area," neighbor Jan Delaney said.
Delaney walks down Lawrence Avenue in Ashland fairly often. But after a break-in at her neighbor's house last week, she watches the street with a closer eye.
"They took her mother's jewelry and things that can't be replaced," Delaney said.
She said that loss hit a nerve in the neighborhood.
"We don't sleep as easy and we don't like to leave the house now because we know that somebody's watching," Delaney said.
Ashland Police are checking into a series of similar daytime break-ins, mostly while people are at work.
Officials said they've had 12 this year.
"They're not carrying a large TV under their arm. It's stuff that can fit in their pockets or small bags and they can quickly blend in to the surrounding neighborhood," Ashland Police Maj. Mark McDowell said.
Several break-ins have been in neighborhoods south of Blackburn Avenue, but police said they've happened in other areas, too.
"We're starting to compare some other burglaries that we have investigated, kind of pin them, get a geographical location and find other similarities that we can possibly tie them together with,"McDowell said.
In the meantime, some people are installing security systems to deter thieves.
"If they're robbing one they've probably got their eye on a couple other ones," said one neighbor.
Delaney said a neighborhood watch could be the next step, with hopes crime won't return to their quiet street.
Police said stopping crime is a neighborhood effort. If you see suspicious activity where you live, take note.
Officers said you should get a physical description of the person, or people you see, a vehicle description and call 911.