7-21 sheriff's column burglaries solved

Posted 7/19/19

Burglaries solved

I am extremely grateful for the dedicated work of our Criminal Investigations Division. The recent string of burglaries that have been solved by our detectives point to the hard work these men and women do each and every day.

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7-21 sheriff's column burglaries solved

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Burglaries solved
I am extremely grateful for the dedicated work of our Criminal Investigations Division. The recent string of burglaries that have been solved by our detectives point to the hard work these men and women do each and every day.

Solving property crimes are among the most personal crimes we deal with. For most people our homes are a safe haven. Anytime a home is burglarized a sense of loss and a feeling of invasion is felt. Below is a list of tips provided by State Farm that will help reduce the chance of a break-in or theft at your home.

• Do not have money or jewelry lying out in view from a window.
• Don't tell strangers your daily routines, and avoid telling others about the valuables in your home.

• Don’t leave tools or ladders in your yard. Burglars may use them to gain access into your home.
• Be wary about posting your vacation plans and updates on social media websites-even though you trust your friends, you never know who might learn that you're not home.
• If you have children, discuss home security with them, such as not talking with strangers about their home, its contents or family schedules.
• Have automatic timers installed to turn lights on and off in different rooms at different times.
• Always park your cars in the garage with the garage door shut. A burglar may otherwise notice a pattern that a closed garage door or no cars in the driveway means no one is home.

The average burglar will spend no more than four to five minutes trying to break into a residence. Keep your property safe by making your home an inconvenient mark.

• When moving into a new residence, have the locks changed.

• Consult a good locksmith to make sure you have the right types of locks on your doors and windows and that they're all functioning.

• Secure your exterior doors and any doors from attached garages by installing good quality deadbolt door locks, doorjamb reinforcement, reinforced hinges, security-type door strikes, and strong, properly installed doors and door frames that cannot be spread apart.

• Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and doors from an attached garage. Look for a deadbolt lock that has been given a Grade 1 rating from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANSI tests locks for security and durability, and gives them a Grade 1, 2 or 3, with Grade 1 being the best.

• Secure your windows by installing additional locks and installing impact-resistant glass on any windows within 42' of a door lock. This will make it more difficult to break the glass, reach in, and unlock the lock.

• Secure your patio door with a pin-type lock, a key lock, or a steel rod inserted into the door channel. 

• Prune lower branches of trees near your house if they could help a burglar gain access to a second story window.

• Set up contact sensors for points of entry, motion detectors or security cameras that can sync to a home monitoring system and be programmed to notify the owner via text, email or phone call when someone enters the residence.

Here at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office we will continue to work hard in protecting our neighborhoods, and solving crimes when they do happen.
In the meantime, take advantage of the advice above and help reduce the chance of becoming a victim of a property crime.

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