ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany neighborhood is on guard after a rash of burglaries and entering auto cases this week. The Albany Police Department put out a crime alert to people who live on Hilltop Drive and Homewood Drive.
One woman we talked with walked in on the burglars in her home this morning. Another man is moving his family, after both his house and car were broken into
The broken back window shows perfectly how the crooks are getting into homes. Kim Campbell and a couple of friends walked into her Hilltop Drive apartment at 9:25 this morning, and saw two men run out that busted door.
"Shooting out. There were literally running out. Running out the door. And I mean that is kind of scary," she said.
Campbell was one of two people burglarized this morning on Hilltop and Homewood Drives. In the last week police say there have been four burglaries and six entering autos in that neighborhood. The crooks left her TV on the kitchen floor, but got away with a lot of her property..
"Play Station 3, X Box 360. They took my gold bracelet, necklace. Just some little minor stuff they could talk, because I guess when I came in they had already grabbed that," Campbell said.
Just a couple of buildings away, Kabron Little is loading his car, moving. "Car got broken into two weeks ago. Tuesday morning somebody went in my backdoor and broke in my house. Stole money, shoes, TV, games jewelry. Stole all that, so I got to go," Little said.
Little estimates the losses and damage to be about $7,000. "You know this is the time of the year a lot of robbing goes on anyway, because it's high. I don't know, but I'm fixing to go."
Campbell says she is staying, and has already started to organize a neighborhood watch. "I'm going to get more people involved and trying to do the neighborhood watch. Make sure we watch out for each other."
Campbell is also asking for more lighting around the back of their apartments.
Albany Police issued a crime alert about these break ins this morning, and suggested ways to protect cars and homes from crooks.
Here is that notice-
This week, there have been six entering autos (5 vehicles were left unlocked) and 2 home burglaries reported in the 2500 block of Hilltop Drive. There were also 2 homes broken into in the 2700 block of Homewood Drive.
Report suspicious activity to the Albany Police Department
Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
Tips on how to avoid a car break-in:
Do not leave valuables in plain view:
(GPS devices, lap tops, tablets, cell phones, wallets, purses, cash handguns or long guns)
Do not leave windows or your sunroof open.
Do not leave doors unlocked.
Do not leave keys in the vehicle.
Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
Do not leave out items with personal information.
Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.
Slow Down and use common sense before you leave your car.
Here are a few tips to protect YOUR home:
Make your home looks occupied, and do your best to make it difficult to break in.
Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
Keep your garage door closed and locked.
Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation.
Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.