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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Home break-ins are up in the city and at least one neighborhood is adding security and banding together to fight it.

People living around Lomond and Wood Streets have formed a phone tree and their own neighborhood watch group as well as added security systems, motion detectors and lights in their yards. 

According to police, there have been 18 break-ins and two armed robberies in that part of town over the past three months.

Silas Yount was robbed at gunpoint at his own front door and his security cameras caught it all.

Yount says he added the system hoping it would keep people out of his yard instead he found himself, "just looking down the barrel.  All I could focus on was the barrel and getting him out of the house."
   
Gloriette Mills' car has been damaged and broken into and says she is, "very afraid yes I am."

Tia Edwards neighbor was robbed at gunpoint and she says, "I can't stay home by myself cause I am scared.  I leave and go somewhere else."

The Winston-Salem Police Department has increased patrols in the neighborhood and one detective is now dedicated to solving the crimes. Detectives say with a nearly 20% increase in home break-ins citywide over the past year they are doing all they can. 

Neighbors still say it's not enough.

"We want them to make a stronger show of force its just like we don't have anybody here," says Mills.