MAPLETON, Ore. -- When Debra and Manuel Sigler came home the day after Christmas, their back door was broken open.
Burglars stole jewelry, guns, Debra's Social Security card and even sentimental cards that her 9-year-old son had written before he passed away.
But the Siglers say they're not alone. They say five or six other homes have been hit by burglars recently. After the incident, they called the Lane County Sheriff's Office, but they were told there wouldn't be any officers sent out to investigate.
"I said, 'How come you guys don't come out?' He said, 'Well, we just don't,' and I go, 'Is it a money thing?' and he says, 'Yeah. I feel for you. I know where you're coming from," said Manuel.
"The thieves know that nobody's coming," Debra said. "They know we can make a phone call and nothing is going to happen, and they can get in and out. I feel scared in my own house. I never used to have a gun and go around."
Captain Bill Thompson from Lane County Sheriffs said budget cuts have made it difficult to respond to burglaries.
"Because of the limited personnel we have, we've had to take a different approach to property crime and property crime reporting. And it's true that for an awful lot of crimes that get reported to us, we don't have deputies to those scenes anymore," said Thompson.
Other residents are frustrated, including Ryan Burrows who lives down the road from the Siglers. His home too has been burglarized.
"We just need help out here. They don’t want us to do vigilante stuff. So somebody needs to get out here and help us," said Burrows. "Somebody needs to put the fear into the people who are doing it so normal civilians don’t have to take drastic measures."
Linda Jensen said her coffee shop has been burglarized twice in the past year.
"We haven't been able to get police here for a long time. So I think it's completely unfair because we pay taxes like everyone else," said Jensen.