Nine homes have been raided by burglars in less than one month in one part of Wolverhampton.
Police have stepped up patrols in Wednesfield following the surge in break-ins since December 1.
Wednesfield councillor Phil Bateman said there was a “worrying spike” in burglaries. Areas hit include Reynolds Walk and the Ecclestone Road area of Ashmore Park.
He said police confirmed nine burglaries since the start of the month.
“It is normally one of the quietest places for crime across Wolverhampton so this is a worry. I have been told that police have arrested what they call one key offender and he is due to appear before the courts.”
Officers say increased patrols support moves to expand Neighbourhood Watch schemes. Four volunteers recently came forward.
Initiatives follow concern over 33 burglaries in Wednesfield in November. Homes in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield, Wood End, March End, Castlebridge and Linthouse were raided as figures were slightly up on the same time last year.