BATON ROUGE (WBRZ) - Police say there was a spike in residential and vehicular burglaries for the month of July in Southdowns and this week, a mugging at the LSU lakes.

Neighbors, runners and bikers say they're taking more precautions before they step foot outside.

"Lately, it's been a little unnerving," said Ryn Jones.

Jones says she hears about new criminal activity in Southdowns at least once a week and says it's not fair to the kids.

"Kids, that's the hardest part," she said. "You want them to enjoy the neighborhood and play outside and ride their bikes and I just can't do that in good conscience."

Two weeks ago, a man tried to rob a house while the homeowners were home. This week, a female runner was attacked in broad daylight.

"It shows how brazen and how brave the people are getting," said cyclist Keith Neely.

Councilman John Delgado is stepping in and working with police to monitor the problem and curb crime.

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