METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish authorities are on the lookout for car burglars who have been breaking into vehicles in old Metairie.
The Halloween weekend was a particularly bad stretch.
The Halloween decorations are still up across much of Old Metairie where some residents still feel spooked.
"I was shocked. This is a family friendly neighborhood, it's always a busy street," said resident Pamela Young.
A car burglar broke into an SUV on Ridgewood Dr. at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, taking a weapon inside and other valuables before heading toward the house across the street and sending a chill up the homeowner's spine.
"He comes across the street towards our property, looks like he's coming toward our husband's car in our driveway," said Young.
Aside from Ridgewood, someone broke into cars this week on a number of Old Metairie streets, including Atherton, Dorrington, West Livingston, and Melody Drive.
"Whoever you are and you think you're going to break into cars, we got you," said resident Bobbie Schields.
Residents say they are organized.
"All my neighbors know each other. It's kind of nice. It's not an easy place to rob," said resident Mark Broussard.
But the thieves still struck a half dozen vehicles.
"We continue to have the issue of vehicle burglars. 99% of the time, they are unlocked," said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.
More and more Metairie residents have surveillance cameras, which were effective two years ago, in capturing car burglars and the sheriff hopes it will help make an arrest again.
"We'll see. You never know but we work hard on it and have been successful in the past," said Normand.
Though the neighbors say they watch out for one another many say it might be time to reconsider private security patrols to protect their property.
"I wish we had some kind of off duty patrol or more police," said Young.
Others say police response times are good and private patrols aren't always in the right place at the right time.
"I think it's neighborhood watch out for each other," said Schields.
And in that vain, they say take precautions.
"You lock your shed, you lock your house, lock your car, it's that simple...one two three," said Schields.
Sheriff Normand says his department has had a lot of success arresting car thieves, but he says it takes up a lot of manpower. He says 99% of the time burglars, move on, when the vehicle is locked, and he urges everyone to lock their cars, especially at night.