Police in Halifax are investigating a string of break- ins in a close-knit community in the city's north end.
They say there have been nine robberies in recent weeks, some of them happening in broad daylight.
Sande Jordan said she left her house on Maynard Street for an hour on Saturday, but that's all it took for someone to kick in her back door.
"The brazenness of it is baffling to me, absolutely. To try to kick in a door on such a busy street, on such a busy day," she said.
Someone made off with three laptops and a camera, worth about $2,500 new.
Jordan said they are next to impossible to replace.
"Personal six years of photographs that are on there of my son. Just artwork, poetry, writing. That sort of thing is just gone," she said.
Another family was preparing for a trip when someone stole their luggage in the middle of the night.
Jordan said she has been dropping off letters to her neighbours, warning them to be careful.
"Taking back our neighbourhood I think is really important."
Meanwhile, police are investigating whether the nine robberies are connected.
Sgt. Rob Lowther said there are suspicious patterns to watch out for.
"Sometimes what they'll do is walk up, knock on the door and say ‘Is John home?’ That's suspicious activity, right, if they're at your house and there's no one named John living there," he said.
Lowther said people should report any suspicious activity and keep their doors and windows locked at all times.