COWAN HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — Residents are on edge Monday after a series of residential break-ins in Cowan Heights, which is near North Tustin.

KCAL9’s Michele Gile reports there has been a half-dozen burglaries, where glass doors were shattered and homes were ransacked while owners were away.

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“You got a lot of homeowners that are pulling out their guns now, and they’re sitting and they’re watching television with the gun sitting across their lap. Is that what we want for Orange County? Is that what we want for Cowan Heights?” resident Eleanor Silverstein said.

In addition to home burglaries, cars have been targeted. Since last December, at least 10 have been hit, Gile reports.

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Neighbors will meet with law enforcement Tuesday night to discuss how to protect themselves and their property.

“We’re being cased, according to the police, and they are hitting homes that appear to be empty, with no dogs, doesn’t matter if you have an alarm or not, they’ll come in, smash your windows, and take your alarm off the wall,” John Rooney said.

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Sheriff’s detectives said they are investigating the crimes.