SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Suspicious activity has been popping up in San Luis Obispo, more specifically, in the neighborhood of Sandercock and Broad streets. San Luis Obispo police say night prowlers have been spotted in the area, possibly looking for vulnerable homes to break into. In one incident, a woman woke up to a stranger who had broken into her house. Police are now calling on residents to keep a watchful eye.
"It's not something you want to have in your area or neighborhood," says resident Ryan McCain.
McCain has been living in the neighborhood for the last few months. It wasn't long before he and his roommate made a conscious effort to lock their doors everyday.
"We definitely started taking more precautions and keep an eye on those things," says McCain.
The San Luis Obispo Police Department says repeated calls from the neighborhood of Sandercock and Broad streets started coming in about a month ago. All the calls had a similar complaint: suspicious activity from prowlers lurking around the neighborhood.
In one terrifying incident, a woman woke up to find a man who had broken into her house. He was able to run away and was never caught. Police were able to get a description of the man, and he's described as a Hispanic male, between the ages of 45 and 55, about 5'4", with short black hair and a mustache.
"The police department takes it extremely seriously and we're aggressively investigating these cases so we can catch the perpetrator," says Sgt. Brian Amoroso.
Police say the best way to avoid and deter a break-in is to take preventative measures.
"Lighting is a huge thing. Most of these crimes happen late at night, so that lighting will help deter the criminal when it turns on. Keep your windows and doors locked," says Sgt. Amoroso.
McCain used to walk his dogs a couple times a day, but now he says he'll sometimes take them out four times a day just to keep a watch on the neighborhood.
"You've got to be concerned and aware of your surroundings as well as those people that are anywhere near you that could cause those issues," says McCain.
San Luis Obispo Police have increased patrols in that area. They say if you see any suspicious activity, to give them a call at (805) 781-7317.