Neighbors say they feel safer after man arrested in connection to break-ins

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A feeling of safety has been restored for many people in St Joseph Township in Berrien County.

Officers arrested a man they believe is involved in a series of break-ins.

"With the diligence of the police officers driving up and down I see them at least twice a day. They've really upped it since the invasions started,” said neighbor, Juliana.

Police say they got a call about another attempted home invasion Wednesday morning around 2 a.m.

The man managed to get into another house just a few minutes later.

"Nothing was taken. He was standing over individuals watching them sleep,” said Officer Rick Knapp.

Officers tracked the man down in a garage with the help of a K-9 officer. Even though no one was hurt, neighbors say that doesn't make the crime okay.

"It's scary. It's very scary especially when you have kids in the home and you never really know who's going to come in and who's going to break through the window especially when you don't have doors that lock or windows that lock and stuff like that,” said Tisha Burnett.

Officer Knapp says in the past two weeks people have gotten more diligent when it comes to safety.

“We do have outsiders coming to our area and neighborhood need to be aware. You need to lock your doors. You need to lock your windows at night when you're sleeping. Just common crime prevention,” he said.

"It's not something that is always on your mind. It's kind of like a back burner thing where you're so wrapped up in the day to day that you don't think about it until it happens,” said Juliana.

She says she has a home security system complete with cameras. But some of her neighbors are still leery.

"I never know if he is the true guy. And if there's more than just one. You never know. There could be more accomplices and plus if he's been in all these houses and he knows what's in there he could have more people and they could be right behind him,” Burnett said.

Officer Knapp says St Joe Township and neighborhoods like it have been ranked some of the safest communities in the state.

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