It's not like we've ever been immune to crime, but it's happening more and more in neighbourhoods where you might not expect it, and it's making locals uncomfortable.
Drug addicts, transients and homeless people, men and women, aren't just searching for bottles and cans downtown anymore - they're coming into our yards and rummaging through our recycling and garbage bins. Some are scouting for open doors and breaking into our cars and homes. They are thieves and criminals. In some cases they are people who are just trying to survive.
This week, a Facebook page called "Moose Jaw Neighbourhood Watch and Patrol" features photos from a home security camera showing what appears to be a trio of young people checking for unlocked vehicles on Grace Street near Palliser Heights School.
So, what do we do about it? What CAN we do about it? The answer is, not much. If you attack these people you become a criminal and a part of the problem. All we can do is call the police. They'll be ready. They're getting similar calls almost every night these days.