SAGAMORE HILLS, Ohio -- Police are on high alert in Sagamore Hills after a rash of break-ins in recent weeks. The burglaries have occurred both in the Eaton Estates and Greenwood Village development.
Paula Kijowski lives on a street where three of her neighbors have been burglarized.
"It's been scary to live in the neighborhood where there have been three break-ins here,” Kijowski said.
Sagamore Hills Police Lt. Brian Piekarski said the burglaries have occurred in the early evening when no one was home, and in every case the burglar gained forced entry through the front door.
"Every single door has been locked and has been kicked in by our suspects,” Lt. Piekarski said.
Police say there may be more than one person involved. They believe a woman will go to a home and knock on the door. If someone answers, she will say she is with the Family Mission. If no one comes to the door, that might be the home targeted.
Lt. Piekarski said the burglar has been quick and takes mostly jewelry and cash.
"They are gathering up any kind of jewelry box or any lockbox that they believe have valuables in it. Because we are finding them near the center of home or the front of the home where they can look out a window to see if anybody is approaching,” he added.
Kijowski said nothing like this has happened in the ten years she has lived in Greenwood Village and now she and her neighbors are taking precautions not to be the next burglary victim.
“We have been getting security systems, and looking out for each other,” she said.
The best deterrent may be to make your house look like someone is home.
"Keep your home lit up. Outside lights are great. Indoor lights are good. The darker your home the more attractive it is to somebody who wants to burglarize it, because it's going to be less noticeable for them kicking in the front door,” Lt. Piekarski said.
Police are also asking residents to pay attention to anyone knocking at the door after dark, because that could be the burglar looking for the next place to break in.