SACRAMENTO, CA - Carole Morgan and her dog Shuka have been keeping an eye on their neighborhood lately because of the rash of break-ins in the area.
"This one was broken into ... garage," Morgan said. "The one on the corner, they broke in and took a lot of her stuff."
The California Department of Justice reports that while crime is down overall, property crimes are on the rise. They went up 2.6 percent for 2011, but in the fourth quarter alone, after the state began shifting some low level criminals to the county jail under Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment plan, the number spiked to 4.5 percent.
Some law enforcement believe there's a connection since parole and probation changes, leaving many released criminals who've served their time unsupervised on the outside.
"Not only are they out, but there's no such tether on them, figuratively speaking of course," California Peace Officers Association member John McGinness said. "So it's absolutely predictable that this was going to happen."
But the California Corrections Department said it's not fair to blame a rise in property crime just on realignment when there's only three months of data. Plus, counties were given extra money to handle the caseload.
"Crime statewide, especially violent crime is going down," California Corrections Dept. spokesperson Terry Thornton said. "So if you're going to blame property crimes going up on realignment, then you should blame violent crimes going down on realignment."
McGinness worries, though, that criminals will graduate to more serious crimes.
"The potential for homicides to increase is very real," McGinness said. "I'd be surprised if it doesn't happen."
Morgan doesn't know what to blame it on; she just knows her nice, quiet neighborhood isn't the same.
"It's terrible," Morgan said. "It's getting worse and worse, as opposed to what it was when I came here 25 years ago."
By Nannette Miranda, ABC7