Authorities Offer Burglary Prevention Tips

Burglaries are a growing concern for law enforcement officials and residents in the area.

Even quiet, secluded streets aren't excluded from crime. Lauderdale County authorities tell Newscenter 11 suspects of all ages are roaming the streets, looking for whatever they can get their hands on.

"They're going from house to house," Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says. "Checking for vehicles that have open doors, car doors, stealing purses, camera, laptops, guns, anything of value inside of a vehicle."

Calhoun says one obvious solution is to not have those items in sight. Also, lock your car doors, even if you're just running inside to grab something. These incidents are happening at all times of day now and the fact that people underage are committing these acts, makes it even more disturbing.

"Begs the question of who is responsible for these young people and why are they not making sure they are at home in the bed, a sleep," Calhoun questions. "As opposed to being out in neighborhoods, stealing out of automobiles."

He says good lighting on your property is a good deterrent. He tells us keeping your vehicle parked in a garage, if possible, is also a plus.

"Not everything is certainly preventable," Calhoun points out. "The thing that you're wanting to do is to reduce the likelihood that you might become a victim. Certainly, the person wants to break in to your car or home, they can do that, especially if you're not there or you're a sleep at your home."

In 2013, Meridian Police say they have responded to 92 auto burglaries, 104 residential burglaries, and 26 commercial burglaries.

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