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Thomasville police urge extra awareness


By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –  Thomasville police are investigating two home burglaries that took place during broad daylight this week.

It's not the first time thieves have hit the Place in the Woods community. In late March, someone broke into 42 two cars in the neighborhood one night.

Now police are urging people living there to step up their awareness and report any suspicious activity.

As people living in the Place in the Woods got ready for work Monday, a criminal was getting ready to rob them of their hard-earned possessions.

"We aren't sure why burglars are targeting this area in particular. However, burglars take opportunities. When they have an opportunity to commit crimes, they do so," said Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police Department.

Someone broke into two houses, stealing flat screen TVs and DVD players. The crimes brought back memories of when someone burglarized forty-two cars overnight in March. Only this time, the burglaries happened in broad daylight.

Some people believe the thief was going door to door to see who was at home and who was at work. He first hit this home at 301 Habersham, then went straight down the road and hit another.

"They'll actually have people case out neighborhoods to see people's routines," said Lt. Hampton. "So people need to be very careful about how they schedule their timing, when they leave home, what lights they have on, how you use your cars, newspapers in the driveway. Because people do pay attention to that stuff."

And police say you can't always rely on your neighbors to watch over your home while you're away.

"They even pay attention to the neighbors' routine. When they may come out or maybe they're at home but don't work so they're still in bed and won't come outside," said Lt. Hampton.

They say the best way to protect yourself is by installing and actually using an alarm system, constantly being aware of your surroundings, and immediately reporting suspicious activity in as much detail as possible to the police.

Police say they are stepping up patrols in that neighborhood. Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Thomasville Crime Stoppers at 229-227-3305.


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