When a potential thief approaches a vehicle and finds an unlocked door, several valuables inside, and no one around, it’s as if the victim left an invitation to steal.
Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said while there is no foolproof way of protecting property from a determined criminal, making an effort to protect one’s valuables just makes sense.
For the second time in a couple of months, sheriff’s deputies have been investigating a series of automobile break-ins around the Pretoria Rushing Road area, particularly Berkshire and Johnson’s Run subdivisions, he said.
“Over the past several days, deputies have responded to several entering auto reports (in these areas),” he said. “According to reports, these vehicles were left unlocked and no forced entry was noted. However, items were disturbed or removed.”
Anderson said he and his deputies are making sure every step is taken to patrol the area and offer protection to citizens, but asked that people make efforts as well.
“The Sheriff’s office has taken proactive steps to deal with this series of entering autos. However, residents are asked to take steps as well. All vehicles should be locked when left for any length of time.”
Don’t leave valuables in the car, and if they must be left, lock them out of sight or in the trunk, he said. If items must be left in the car, record serial numbers in case they are stolen.
Be aware of the community and your surroundings, he advised. “Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, directly or through 911.”
Arrests were made in the last series of entering auto incidents in the same area, and Anderson feels confident the current crimes will end in arrest as well. But, citizens need to take charge of their safety and do their part to prevent being a victim, he said.
“Most entering auto incidents are preventable by residents using sound judgment and by their attention to suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.”
Citizens in the City of Statesboro can access crime information by visiting Internet website www.CrimeReports.com and entering their city name. Bulloch County residents can also use this site, as Anderson is reviewing the services offered by the website. Currently the entire county and its crime incidents can be viewed online.
Tips on crimes can be made through the website as well. Anderson asks citizens to contact Inv. Jason Long with feedback on the website at 764-8888.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.