Thursday, March 28, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a checkpoint on West Wheeler Parkway Thursday afternoon to look for tips in a string of recent break-ins.
Deputies will begin canvassing the area around 5:30 p.m. Along with the checkpoint, deputies will be going to door to door to 1,300-plus homes in the area.
Approximately 60 deputies will be participating in the canvass, handing out fliers and asking for information.
The Sheriff's Office is offering a reward of $2,000 for information leading to an arrest in these burglaries.
Maj. Scott Peebles says about 100 break-ins have happened within the past 15 months. Peebles says the purpose of the canvas is to increase awareness and to try to ask folks if they've seen or heard anything that could possibly lead to arrests.
Here is the information from the fliers being handed out by the Sheriff's Office:
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a high number of residential break-ins (burglaries) in your area and is committed to addressing this issue. As such, we are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person/s responsible for burglaries in the West Wheeler Parkway Area. We need your help!
- Method of entry is primarily through a back door or window that has been pried or kicked.
- Items taken are usually jewelry and small electronics to include laptop computers, iPods and tablet computers. Firearms and cash have also been taken.
- Jewelry is the most common target in your area.
How to help:
- Be suspicious of all foot traffic behind your homes.
- Be very aware of any suspicious persons or vehicles in your area, and call law enforcement if there is any doubt whatsoever about whether or not someone does or doesn’t belong in the area.
- Be especially vigilant about checking for person/s walking behind your fence lines. Suspects are primarily walking behind your homes and breaking in through rear doors.
- Don’t ignore things that look out of place or out of the norm. Suspects primarily travel on foot and carry small bags or back packs.
- Call law enforcement if anyone has approached you trying to sell jewelry or electronics such as laptops, gaming systems and mobile phones.
- If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. If you SEE something, SAY something!
You will see an increase in patrols in the area by uniformed officers and/or investigators. If you are approached, do not be offended. Our officers are working hard to get to know the people in the community to help combat this problem.
How to protect yourself:
Do hide any jewelry in places that would make it difficult for thieves to find. If you have large amounts of jewelry, do not hide it all in the same location, but rather in many different places. If one hiding space is discovered, not all items will be lost. Consider using a safe deposit box for seldom worn expensive or heirloom jewelry.
Do record serial numbers of all electronics, firearms and other like items. Having make, model, physical descriptions and serial numbers greatly increases the likelihood that your items may be returned to you if they are stolen.
Do record details and photograph high-end jewelry items, coin collections and other valuables. Having appraisal reports done is also a good idea, but be sure to use a reputable jeweler.
Do install tracking programs or applications on all of your smartphones, tablets, desktop and laptop computers.
Do get to know your neighbors and have contact numbers for them. Know the routines in your neighborhood (yard workers, deliveries, pest control). You will know when something doesn’t look right.
Don’t take your personal security lightly. Consider incorporating CCTV or Scouting cameras to your residential security plan. Analyze your surroundings and look for the weak / blind spots.
If you have any information, call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at the (706) 821-1080. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be emailed to email@example.com.