FLINT TOWNSHIP (WJRT) -- (08/14/09)--Flint Township police say in the last month they've seen a spike in the number of home break-ins reported.
There's not really an estimate as to how many and police say there's no one hot spot. They've just noticed this type of crime has picked up.
Luke Avery has lived in his Dye Road home for nine years and says he's never noticed a crime problem.
"I've seen a couple of cops across the street but that's about it," he said.
Lynette Bronson isn't as lucky. She claims her home has been broken into three times in the last month.
"And attempted twice," she said.
The latest incident, she says, occurred Thursday night when it was still light outside.
"My front door was kicked in," she said. "I got a call from my alarm company."
Bronson says a brand-new expensive door was just installed earlier in the day. It replaced the last one which was ruined during the first break-in.
A window has seen better days, too.
"That was the second time they got in," Bronson said. "The first time they got in it was the front door."
She even has trouble keeping track of each separate instance and what was taken each time. She says they at the very least got away with TVs, purses, cash, her camera and even her drivers license.
But the bottom line is, she's upset.
"I'm scared for my life," she said. "I mean, if they were to break-in while I was here?"
Flint Township police say they've received calls from people wondering what they can do.
The last Tuesday of every month, a Neighborhood Watch meeting is hosted by the police department 6 p.m.
If you live in the township, they invite you to stop by, even if you're just looking for some safety tips.
Also, they stress the importance of keeping an eye out for others.
If you notice something suspicious, call them.