LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD is seeing an increase in break-ins near Cherokee Park and the Highlands.

Thieves are breaking into the homes using ladders to get through the second floor.

“It’s unsettling to think that someone is in their home asleep at night, and someone is entering that home, said Larry Bisig, a concerned neighbor. "That’s the next level of aggression that we’ve never seen here before."

Bisig’s home has not been hit, but he knows of about four break-ins over the past week in the Bonnycastle neighborhood and surrounding areas.

He says the break-ins are happening around 4:30 a.m., and some thieves are trying to hide as construction crews working in the area.

“They’re taking advantage of that with the presence of service vehicles and putting ladders up against different homes and using access to those ladders eventually when they think the resident isn’t home,” Bisig said.  

Neighbors are increasing security and making sure to lock upper-level windows and doors.

“These residents are arming themselves, not just with software and technology, but firearms as well, and they’re not gonna accept break-ins into their homes,” Bisig said.

LMPD confirms the department is investigating several incidents in the area and is working to find suspects.

If you have any information that could help a case, you can call the tip line at 574-LMPD.

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