Crimewatch: How many burglaries does your county have?

Crimewatch: How many burglaries does your county have?

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A recent survey shows there are wide disparities in the number of burglaries per Georgia county. The survey measures the number of burglaries per one hundred thousand residents. (See the map above.)

The FBI defines burglary as the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. To classify an offense as a burglary, the use of force to gain entry need not have occurred.

The rate of crime is the total number of crimes reported to police agencies within a county per 100,000 residents in 2014. The population figures are sourced from the 2014 American Community Survey five-year estimates.

The interactive map above shows that Dougherty County is on the high end of the scale, with 1,372 burglaries per 100,000 residents. But this pales in comparison with Sumter County's rate of 2,198 per 100,000.

Colquitt County's rate was on the low end, at 378 per 100,000, but the best was Stewart County, with only 34 per 100,000.

Thomas County has 1,151 burglaries per 100,000, and Thomasville Police Officers say they've had more burglaries this year than usual. Officials say if you don't have an alarm system in your home, right now would probably be the best time to get one. If you do have an alarm service keep a sticker on your door or windows to keep the burglars away.

Also living in a secluded or wooded area can make you a more likely target. "If you have trees, shrubbery, or anything in your home that blocks the residence remove them. Cut them down or trim them because these are areas in which these perpetrators can hide behind as officer riding by patrolling the area," said Thomasville Police Captain Maurice Holmes.

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