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Rash of Home Invasions Have People on Edge

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

August 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A rash of home invasion style robberies in Albany has people on edge.

Albany businesses report that homeowners are concerned, and looking for ways to protect themselves.  Law enforcement says there are some things you can do to be safer in your home.

Dead bolt locks and hardware are suddenly hot sellers at Hughes Hardware. 

"More people, yeah.  Because of these home invasions and stuff like that," said Hughes Hardware Owner Fussell Hughes.

A rash of home invasion-style armed robberies in Albany, two this week, have people on alert.  Tuesday morning a guest at the Grand Motel opened the door, and when he heard a knock, three armed masked men burst into the room, robbed and beat him.  Wednesday night, a person at the Nottingham Apartments answered a knock on the door and was confronted by an armed man who opened fire.  Law enforcers say there is one easy, best way to protect yourself.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd said, "I recommend don't open your door.  Leave your door dead bolted and locked, and speak through your door."

Dodd says everyone should have a peep hole on their doors, front and back, so they don't have to open the door to know who is knocking.

"Have very good lighting around your door and around your house.  Keep your house illuminated at night," said Dodd.

He also recommends long barrel dead bolt locks that go right into the house frame.  He says people should never trust chains on a door.

Dodd said, "Chains are absolutely worthless.  All they'll do, one good shoulder against a chain and it's open."

Hughes says he has a lot of people asking for dead bolt locks, because they are afraid of crime, and he recommends peep holes to all those customers as well.

Hughes said, "The best thing to do is to make sure you can see who's outside the door first."

Dodd also recommends motion detection lights around a house at night, that will  turn flood lights on when someone approaches. 

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