Still, residents are worried. And they "fear the situation will get worse if something is not done now," says WRAL-TV.
The most recent incident was gunshots outside Bruce Matthews' home early Sunday morning. Police are still investigating.
"It was very alarming," Matthews said. "Very alarming, and something needs to be done."
The crimes have been mostly petty, said Kathi Hunter, Brier Creek's community watch committee chairwoman, but she said she fears they could get worse. Police confirm more than 30 break-ins as well as thefts from open garages, but until the weekend, none had involved violence.
"It's escalating, and it's escalating to a point where eventually something bad's going to happen," Hunter said. "It's hitting our neighborhood extremely hard, and it has to stop."
Here's some advice: Keep your garages closed.
The Brier Creek/Leesville Road area, in my opinion, seems actually ripe for crime activity, unfortunately, particularly of the petty kind. There are multiple "getaway" options for would-be burglars, and there's been such a massive influx of people to the area that there is probably not much of a neighborhood/community feel (yet), and since there's no "there" there, people may not (yet) have a sense of loyalty and thus responsibility to the area. I'm sure that will change over time.
It's good that folks like Hunter are trying to nip this in the bud early on.