"They know when people are gone to work, its an empty house for them." John Bowden is talking about the recent burglaries in Havana, FL. He actually saw a prowler at his neighbor's window but was able to scare him away. "I came through the front door and around to her back part of the house and by then he was gone."
Havana Police Chief Glynn Beach says there's been an increase in residential burglaries in the past few months. Investigators say thieves aren't stealing larger items like normal; they are stealing small items they can sell quickly.
"Most of them are stealing jewelry like necklaces, rings and earnings. These are things they can easily get rid of." Its important to know what you have in your home. If you have a family heirloom or a very special piece of jewelry or property take a picture of it or write down the serial numbers. "
Law enforcement agents say it's not just in Havana. Lt. Jim Corder with the Gadsden County Sheriff's office says about 150 burglaries have been committed since September and that's almost double since this time last year county-wide.
Heather Zimnicki who lives on Horseshoe Road, one of the targeted streets says she's not afraid because of her two large dogs. "It's crazy . It's just ridiculous. Times are tough and I guess people are going to try to get money any way they can."
"It's holiday time and the economy is rough so its hard on everybody right now," says, Bowden.