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Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 04:55 PM.

On Sept. 26, resident Kerena Pye found that her family car on Sycamore Lane had had all four tires stolen off it overnight.

“I had to explain to my three children why a bad guy took our tires,” Pye said. “I told them that there are lots of bad guys out there and that maybe they needed the money for something, but that it’s never a good reason to steal from somebody else.”

She said she and her Marine husband purchased a cheap set of tires for the 2004 Cavalier to last until insurance money arrived.

A few weeks earlier, Pye said she found the gas lid open on the vehicle and gas siphoned out of the tank.

“We bought locking lug nuts and locking gas caps for each of the vehicles,” Pye said.

Pye said she doesn’t feel safe and the family has already put in 30 days notice to leave the neighborhood.

“I’ve lived in Slocum for five years now, and within the past year it (crime) has picked up,” she said. “It’s just little things. It was car break-ins a little while ago. Some people were having their doors randomly opened but nobody came inside and actually stole anything. It’s very quickly picking up.”

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