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Break-ins in Midtown have some residents on alert

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Perri Chandler and her husband moved to the Virginia Highlands area because her old neighborhood took a turn for the worst.

"The crime that was happening wasn't exactly the best; it was a little bit gutsier, which was a little bit bothersome for us as a family," said Chandler.

The Chandlers have been in their home for about two weeks, and unfortunately for them, it's already clear gutsy crooks aren't exclusive to their old neighborhood.

According to several email alerts sent out to area residents, within the last week several homes have been burglarized. And although break-ins aren't unusual in metro Atlanta, it's how and when the thieves struck that has Chandler and others concerned. In two cases, the thieves used a ladder to climb up to the second floor of a home to break in. In another, the homeowners were in the house at the time of the break-in.

"It scares the bejesus out of me. I am not lying," said Chandler.

No one was hurt in any of the cases, but what troubles some is the burglars broke into homes while the owners and their dogs were there.

"Things that happen during the day, things that happen to mom's with strollers, people who are working from home or minding their own business, that is the kind of stuff that is just not OK, and makes me start questioning everything," said Chandler.

Still, Chandler said she will not be a victim.

"I have two dogs, I am going to protect myself as much as I can and I call the cops real fast if I see anything sketchy going on," said Chandler.

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