Melbourne police are investigating more than a dozen burglaries and attempted burglaries over the past two weeks in the southern portion of the city.
The break-ins have been happening in neighborhoods between the Melbourne Golf and Country Club and the campus of the Florida Institute of Technology. Particularly concerning to them is when it's happening, which is during the overnight hours, when the victims are sleeping.
Police say they have more than a dozen reports of burglaries or attempted burglaries in a neighborhood of 300 homes.
"In a lot of cases like this, the person will go from house to house, and they'll enter a screened in porch and test that sliding glass door," said Melbourne Police Department spokesperson Sheridan Shelley. "If it's locked, they move onto the next one, till they find one that's open."
As a result, Melbourne police say detectives are putting in extra hours investigating, and additional patrols have been ordered for the neighborhood.
Melbourne police are advising residents in the area to lock all windows and doors, especially the sliding glass door, before they go to bed at night.