Information on burglary sought

From press reports

The Winston County Sheriff’s Department are seeking a suspect or suspects in a burglary that occurred Dec. 4.

The suspects robbed the home on Enon Road and stole several guns and many pieces of jewelry. The owners of the home are offering a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest of this burglary and return of the items.

If any one has any additional information concerning this incident, they may contact Sheriff’s Deputy Connie D. Hampton at (662) 803-3156 of the sheriff’s office at 662-773-5881.

Law enforcement notes typically crimes such as robberies, burglaries and thefts increase slightly during the holiday season but each citizen can help deter those crimes.

The burglary basics: Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.

Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.

Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.

Keep your garage door closed and locked.

Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away.

Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.

Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.

Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.

Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.

Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

Don’t tempt a thief: Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.

Always lock your garden sheds and garages.

Use curtains on garage and basement windows.

Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.”

Targeting the Outside: Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.

Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.

Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.

If Your Home Is Broken Into:

If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door: Do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside.

Use a neighbor’s phone to call police.

Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.

Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.

Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

Other precautions you should take: Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places — burglars know where to look for hidden keys.

Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory. Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars. Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9 1 1 immediately.

The most important thing you can do is call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes.