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Most burglaries are preventable

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

July 27, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Police officers responded to 3904 Edith Drive Saturday after the homeowner reported that her two-thousand dollar diamond necklace was taken from her jewelry box.

She told police she thinks the thief entered her home through an unlocked garage door making her an easy target. "Crime prevention is a really big thing with helping law enforcement as well as benefiting the citizens,"said Albany Police Lieutenant Tracey Barnes.

One in six homes will be burglarized and there are simple things you can do to make sure your home won't be one of them. "We also encourage people to stand back and look at your property. Look at what is blocking a clear view. Having pretty bushes also provides a nice place for a criminal to hide in," said Barnes. 

"Cut things back so everybody has a clear view so if someone is trying to get in your bushes are not over the top of your windows so you can't see."

They also say you should keep doors locked and your garage doors closed. Making it visible that you have a security system also helps, because homes with out a system are two point seven times more likely to be hit.

"One of the biggest things we run into is people not having documentation as far as what kind of TV they have, their important items," said Barnes. Officers encourage you to take the time to make a thorough list of this information. "Their serial numbers, things that if they are stolen, we can get into the national computer and can get picked up on."

Officers also encourage you to get to know your neighbors because they can be your best defense against warning police about unusual activities on your property.

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