Gander Mayor Claude Elliott says residents are living in fear after dozens of unsolved break and enters, and more RCMP officers are needed to police the region.

"The men and women that's here in our RCMP are doing a fantastic job, but they're stretched to the limit,"  Elliott said.

"Our citizens need to go to bed at night and rest easy, not live in fear."

'Our citizens needs to go to bed at night and rest easy, not live in fear.' - Claude Elliott

According to the local RCMP detachment, there have been 26 break and enters between September and December.

Elliott said this number is unusual for the region.

"We've had the occasional break in, but it seems like now it's a ring," he said.

"They're not only hitting Gander, they're hitting Glenwood, Appleton, Gambo … it seems like it's a group of people on the move."

Municipal police car, Gander

The town is hiring a fourth municipal enforcement officer to help keep an eye on neighbourhoods. (Chris Ensing/CBC)

Elliott said a lot of people are scared and the town is hiring a fourth municipal enforcement officer to help keep an eye on neighbourhoods.

'It is getting out of hand and we need more resources to deal with it.' - Claude Elliott

While Elliott said this will allow the town to offer surveillance later into the night and keep an eye out for suspicious activity, he added the town still relies on RCMP to respond to break and enter calls.

He added it's the responsibility of the provincial and federal governments to provide services to help keep communities safe.

RCMP sign, Gander

Gander Mayor Claude Elliott says more RCMP officers are needed to police the region. (Chris Ensing/CBC)

Elliott said council has requested a meeting with new Justice Minister Andrew Parsons.

"I think it's time for governments to take a look at this because if not, crime is going to win," said Elliott.

"It is getting out of hand and we need more resources to deal with it."

In the meantime, Elliott said some residents are taking their own precautions and installing extra security, but he is urging people to call police if they see anything suspicious.