Yesterday, Dothan Police responded to a burglary on Kristie Road. When officers arrived, a 16 year old suspect was caught running from the back yard of the residence.
A short chase ended with the juvenile being arrested and charged with possession of burglary tools.
In this situation, a passer-by, neighbor, or resident called police because something looked suspicious.
This kind of awareness prevented an even worse crime from being committed, and police say there are more things you can do to protect yourself or your neighbors.
"One burglary is too many" says Officer Thomas Davis of the Dothan Police Department.
He says that, while burglaries in Dothan are not frequent, people across the Wiregrass should be on the alert for the unexpected.
"Once upon a time, we used to put keys under our doormats. Don't do that anymore".
Small adjustments like that can make your home less likely to be burglarized.
Some other important things that can help deter criminals: Leave a visible light on, keep a neat yard, and, when you are going to be away, let the post office and newspaper delivery service know you won't be around to get your mail or your newspaper.
"When you have a lot of things piling up in your yard or your grass is uncut, that gives the ones who look at homes to burglarize them a clue that you are not there" says Officer Davis.
Home security alarms are also a great device to have because if you are not home and the alarm is triggered. The police will show up.
If you cannot afford an alarm, it is a good idea to let your neighbors or a family member know you will be out of town.
"Some people think a neighborhood watch is a waste of time because they do not want people in their business. But we are in the age and time where we need to look out for each other".