DARLINGTON (KDKA) – Burglars are on the prowl in many Beaver County neighborhoods.

They’ve struck more than a dozen times in recent weeks, seeking out neighborhoods that tend to be isolated.

Police say the burglars are targeting homes in the borough of Darlington near the state line.

One woman says they tried to target her son’s home, but got scared by the burglar alarm.

“They kicked the door down, until it was on the floor and a lot of the woodwork around it was gone and then they go into the house,” she said.

The South Beaver Police Chief says there have been more than a dozen break-ins in his community in two weeks.

“We’ve had TVs taken, jewelry, household items and several rifles,” Chief Dan McLean said.

The homes are in isolated, rural areas with few neighbors. Most of the break-ins are happening during the day.

“We’re going to have to be more alert, look out for each other a little more and lock our doors,” said Darlington resident Luddy Duffy.

McLean says he just wants residents to be aware.

“We’re just asking residents to keep an eye out for any suspicious vehicles or persons,” he said. “Keep an eye on their neighbor’s property and by all means report as soon as possible anything that they might see.”

Police say they think the break-ins are likely drug related.

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