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Geneva County Robberies

Two Enterprise brothers have been arrested and are in the Geneva County Jail.

Authorities said the men may be responsible for a half-dozen home invasions across the Wiregrass.

Twenty-one-year-old Christopher Dalrymple and 18-year-old John Dalrymple are each charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft of merchandise.

They're each being held under $80,000 bond.

Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward credits the quick actions of a victim for helping break the case. The individual was able to get the license plate number of the suspect's vehicle.

Ward said early estimates place the value of the items stolen at more than $70,000.

The brothers are also being looked at for similar break-ins in both Coffee and Dale Counties.

Because of the upcoming holiday season, Ward expects similar crimes to happen. He is encouraging people to lock their doors and windows and to watch out for any suspicious individuals or activities in the neighborhoods.

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Home Invasion Protection Tips

  • Make sure that both your front and back door are made of solid wood or metal. Install one-way peepholes at eye level.

  • Reinforce all doorframes so that your doors can't be kicked in. Your local locksmith can offer advice.

  • Keep your doors locked and windows secured, even when you're at home.

  • Cover windows and glass doors with security film or install Plexiglass on the inside. Both materials are very durable and can withstand several blows before collapsing.

  • Prune or remove trees and shrubs that hide your windows and doors from view or give criminals places to hide.

  • Criminals like working in the dark; so leave lights on, both at the front and back of your home. This will only cost you about $0.75 a month.

  • Make sure your outside lights are out of reach. Protect bulbs so they cannot be broken or removed.

  • Install motion sensors and keep them activated.

  • If you live alone, try not to let anyone know. Make your home appear as though many people live in it. Put out toys and work boots in the yard.

  • Change your routine. Don't be predictable.

  • Keep a cordless phone handy when at home in case you need help or spot something suspicious.

  • Get a dog. Or keep a dog dish outside your door and place a Beware of Dog sign in the yard.

  • Consider getting an alarm system. Make sure it works properly, and teach everyone in your home how to set it and cancel it properly. Talk to friends who have alarm systems.

    Source: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/publications/home_invasion/ contributed to this report.


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