Burglaries on the rise in Dothan

"The first quarter of 2010 we have seen a reported 17 robberies; this is down from the first quarter results from 2009 of 30 so we have seen a decrease in robberies," Cpl. David.

That’s good news for those living in Dothan but like every story there's another side. Police have been responding to more burglaries throughout the day.

"We have actually seen here recently a lot of daytime burglaries which is a little unusual we are again moving into those neighborhoods. What we have seen in some of the daytime burglaries we have experienced lately is nobody is home there has been a burglary during the daytime and a resident finds out when they return to there home," Cpl. David.

Officer Rachel David says protective measures like outdoor lighting may deter a criminal from entering your home at night but is ineffective during the day. David says home security systems are the safest bet.

"Its a great system to have in place. Because we respond weather even if the company calls us back and says we got the owner on the phone we go we check. We want to see for our self that your safe and that your home is safe," Cpl. David.

If an intruder gets into your home they will be looking certain items.

"Electronics, televisions, camcorder, video game players, things of that nature; we also see jewelry," Cpl. David.

Mayor Mike Schmitz says this type of crime is becoming common.

"We’re going to resolve these issues and tough economic times crime does grow and were going to make sure that your safe."


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