BAKERSFIELD - Many homeowners in Bakersfield say they're on edge with the number of recent burglaries and break-ins.
But more recently, realtors say with the amount of crime, it's hard to sell a home.
The Sheriff's Department says it has seen a significant increase in property crimes within the last year.
However, Sgt. Joe Grubbs with the Bakersfield Police Department says last month, residential burglaries in the city were down.
A website called Crime Mapping, which shows you recent crimes in the city, is alarming residents. It's also linked to the web page of the Bakersfield Police Department.
With the amount of crimes, residents say they feel uneasy.
"It just seems like they jump around and there's no set pattern for it. They'll go to a neighborhood I wouldn't even think they would go to," said Jim Honeycutt.
Honeycutt says in recent years, he's seen more burglaries in his southwest Bakersfield neighborhood. He says that prompted him to walk his street and keep watch for his neighbors.
"If something happens, I see somebody looking at somebody's house, I'll go over and tell them, hey, someone was walking around your place," Honeycutt said.
But, it's not just a burden for residents. Anna Banuelos is a realtor for Miramar International. She says with recent property crimes, it's difficult to sell a home.
"It's really difficult to tell them anything because we really can't reassure them that they're going to be safe," said Banuelos.
According to Homepath.com, which gives you crime stats for the area you're interested in, Bakersfield surpasses the national average in crime.
"Most people when they're home shopping and that are out of town, that's the first place they're going to go. They're going to go to the internet and they're going to see those statistics on Bakersfield, and when they come down here they're really skittish," Banuelos continued.
But, for residents like Honeycutt, he says it's about keeping your home safe.
"You got to take precaution. You don't leave your windows open, your doors unlocked like you used to do," Honeycutt said.
The Sheriff's Department, along with Bakersfield Police, say one of the best solutions in stopping a crime is to lookout for your neighbors.