LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - According to a recent report by SafeHome.org, Mississippi has the second highest number of burglaries in the country.
This report may come as no surprise to people who've experienced a break in on their property.
"We were pretty upset about it," said Tricia Sykes of Edible Arrangements on South Frontage Road.
The business was broken into in February, along with several others.
"It shocked us also because there were so many other businesses broken into the same night," Sykes said.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says most break-ins are done by the same group of people so it only seems like burglaries are on the rise.
"Oftentimes burglaries are associated with a small group of individuals. These individuals will go on a burglary spree, get caught and then it stops," Sollie said.
According to the article, Mississippi was the only reporting state where rural counties experienced more than 30 percent of the state's break-ins.
Sollie says Mississippi may have a higher number of burglaries than other states because the weather is often warm, allowing criminals to comfortably roam outside.
"You have to have opportunity," said Sollie. "Those areas of the climates where it's bitterly cold, bad guys aren't going out in bad weather to burglarize a house."
However, Sollie disagrees with the data in Safe Home's report because all of Mississippi's counties are not represented.
"There are 60 counties who may have higher numbers than those 22 who do report," the sheriff said.
Lauderdale County was included in the report but according to recent reports, break-ins in the area have actually declined.
Click the attached link to read the report at SafeHome.org.