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Residents of one of Huntsville's oldest and most charming neighborhoods say they are being targeted by thieves.

A string of recent car thefts and break-ins are making homeowners in the Blossomwood neighborhood uneasy, with police urging residents to stay on alert.

The growing unease in Blossomwood was reflected in a crowded community watch meeting Thursday night. Several dozen residents showed up to listen to a quarterly report on crime from officers with the Huntsville police department.

Police said seven cars had been stolen in Blossomwood over the last three months, with a few home and vehicle break-ins being reported as well. Investigators said all of the stolen vehicles have since been recovered, but some residents told WHNT News 19 it's not enough.

"Every day, every night, we are under siege," said long-time Blossomwood resident Claire Roby. "No matter what we seem to do, we  can't stop the crime. Every day there is something new, whether they steal your cellphone out of your car, or come in your back door."

Police department officials said they were confident crime was going back down in Blossomwood after a brief spurt.

"I don't know that there is a pattern," said Huntsville Police Sgt. Marcus Hendrix. "It fluctuates from time to time, from different communities. This community this month, maybe a different community two months down the road."