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Protect your home from summer break-ins

June 9, 2005

Albany -- School's out, and people are heading out on summer vacations.  Law enforcement says burglars will be going to work now.

Traditionally this is the time of year that burglaries go up, as people leave their homes unattended. There are ways to protect yourself and your home from break-ins.

"This is perfect for a burglar right here." Dougherty County Sheriff Office Investigator Craig Dodd checks a home, the way a thief would, and finds a hiding place behind high bushes. Lt. Craig Dodd said "A burglar can get in here and not be visible from outside even in daylight pretty much, if the next door neighbor isn't home. And step up on all this equipment back here, get in the window, and have everything."

The summer is when burglars often strike. Dodd said "They look for houses that are obvious that the people are out of town."

The best way to protect your home, make thieves believe you are there. Dodd said "Nobody likes to do something they are not supposed to be doing with bright lights on them." Outside lights with motion detectors will make thieves leave.

 Stop your newspaper and mail delivery, park a car in your driveway so it looks like someone is home. Timers are excellent tools, turning on and off lamps or radios. Dodd said " You can hook it up to a TV, and have it play until 11 or 12 O-clock at night when people normally go to bed."

 Tell a trusted neighbor or relative to check your house daily, but also ask law enforcement for help. Dodd said "Place a watch with the Sheriff's Office or the Police Department on your house, where they can come by on the late night shift's, and keep an eye on your house."

Burglars are looking for an easy target. A well lighted home, with the sound of a radio or TV inside, will not be attractive for a thief, and they will move on.

 Alarm systems are also good deterrents against burglars. But let the alarm company know you are leaving town, and leave a key with a neighbor or friend, in case the alarm goes off.

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