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GREENSBORO, N.C.-- Yolanda Neal is fed up with signs of crime in her neighborhood. The Greensboro homeowner is now posting signs of her own to put neighbors on alert.

"We're a hardworking neighborhood, a working community, and it's just not fair for someone to think they can kick your door in and take your stuff," explained Neal.

She designed and bought yellow and black signs reading "Multiple Break-ins in area. If you see anything suspicious call 911." Neal took action after her home was burglarized twice in two weeks.

"I just wanted to get the word out!" Neal explained."Because I heard from the police and some of our other neighbors there had been a lot of break-ins. But nobody's talking about it!"

People are certainly talking about it now, thanks to Neal's signs.

Glenda Mays lives in the next neighborhood over. She spotted the signs on her way to work Thursday.

"It's a great idea for a lot of neighborhoods," said Mays. "It's making everybody conscious and aware."

The signs cost about $150. Neal said it was worth the price of feeling safe in her own home. She wants them posted until police catch whoever is responsible for the recent string of crime.

Greensboro Police now report crimes to an online system called crimemapping.com. Anyone can pull up maps to check out crime trends in certain areas.

According to crimemapping.com, there were 29 burglaries within a mile of Neal's home in the last three months. The reports also showed car break-ins and vandalism in the same region and time frame.

"Everybody needs to know about it. Everybody works and everybody values their property and their merchandise," Mays added.

"It really is a little unnerving," admitted Neal. "I prayed about it. I said this is my house. I work hard to pay for this thing. He is not gonna run me out of here. So I'm willing to do whatever I have to do to make this neighborhood safe."

This past Tuesday, just a few blocks away, police found 21-year-old Derrick Rogers' body on Craven Street, near Lee's Chapel Road and Yanceyville Road. Investigators are treating his death as a homicide.

If you have any information, please call Crimestoppers at 336-373-1000.