Police investigate weekend burglaries

Published 3:00 am Thursday, August 2, 2018

Troy police are urging residents to speak up if they witness suspicious activity after a rash of burglaries in the city over the weekend.

Police are investigating four separate burglaries that occurred between July 26 and July 29 in different parts of the city.

The burglaries were in the 100 block of Creekside Way, 1600 Block of Elba Hwy, 200

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block of Mullis Street, and 100 block of Kay Avenue.

“Force was used to enter these homes when the residents were not home,” said Troy Police Chief Randall Barr. “Electronics, money, and jewelry were taken.”

Barr said that police do what they can to prevent these crimes from occurring, but they still happen.

“When and if this crime happens to you, there are things you can do to help the police locate your property,” Barr said. “We ask that you save your serial numbers and model numbers to all your electronics and firearms. Document any special identifiers, (marks, initials etc.) that may be on the item. The police department has forms available for you to document these items and serial numbers.

“Using your cell phone to photograph these items is also an easy thing to do. Without these things, it’s very hard to identify your property.”

And although all of these homes were forcibly broken into, there are precautions residents can take to help prevent these instances from occurring, Barr said.

“There are many ways to help protect your home and property,” Barr said. “Security systems are great and may help you save on your homeowner’s insurance, you can add extra lighting around your house, and let you your neighbors know when you are going to leave town, so they can help watch your property. Otherwise, don’t advertise when you are leaving town, especially on social media. Wait until you return home to post your pictures.”

And again, Barr said, anyone who witnesses suspicious activity should report it to the police department. “We ask that you contact the police immediately, no matter how small you may think it is.”

The Troy Police Department asks anyone with any information about these crimes to contact the Troy Police Department at 334-566-0500 or call the secret witness line at 334-566-5555.