Residents in South Montgomery Concerned With Recent Burglaries

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By Ashley Thompson

 A recent increase in burglaries has residents in South Montgomery concerned. A meeting was held tonight to discuss ways to prevent more from happening.

 
Most of the residents at this meeting live in rural areas, sometimes far from a police station. And that's possibly why residents in South Montgomery are being targeted. 
 
Laura House lives in Ramer and says she's been robbed three times in recent weeks.
 
''The third time they came back, they stole some stuff, I said thats it,'' she explains. ''So, we put up video cameras and security systems and everything.''
 
House isn't the only one. Others say they've also been victims of theft. 
 
''Two weeks ago, Wednesday, I got home at 8 and my glass door was shattered,'' says Angel Hussey. ''They had taken an ipad, a laptop and some cash.''
 
''Everybody has just been almost terrorized by all the activity that's been going on down here,'' says Marcia Chambliss, who organized the meeting. 
 
Commissioner Reed Ingram admits burglaries have been on the rise in South Montgomery. 
 
''We've had above average break-ins and the sheriff's been proactive in catching a few of them, but there's a couple of groups,'' he says. ''It gets bad this time of year around Christmas and the holidays but it's been earlier this year and more, more break-ins.''
 
Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham spoke to over 130 residents, giving tips on how to prevent those break-ins. He stressed installing security alarms, reporting suspicious behavior and better communication between neighbors.
 
''You need to know who your neighbors are and know the neighbors that you can trust and the neighbors you can depend on,'' he explains. ''Those are the ones that you've got to be calling during the times that you're leaving.''
 
Aside from protecting themselves, some south Montgomery residents say they'd like more of a presence from law enforcement.''
 
''I hope they can catch these people,'' says House. ''If not, I hope we can have more coverage in Raymar and the community.''
 
Cunningham says some of those burglarizing homes have been caught and there are leads on other suspects. 
 
If you live in South Montgomery and have questions about how to protect yourself or to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood, contact the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office  at 334-832-1646


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