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Auburn residents work with police to stop burglaries

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Authorities and residents are on alert in Auburn as a number of home and car break-ins plague their city. One neighborhood is teaching homeowners how to protect themselves from thieves.

Over the past few weeks thieves have hit the Grove Hill community hard. Monday nearly 40 residents came together with Auburn police to learn how to reverse the trend.

Grove Hill is one of many neighborhoods in Auburn that has seen the recent spike in burglaries. New Police Chief Paul Register led an open discussion with homeowners about how to protect your valuables.

He says, "Do things like record serial numbers, take photographs of things that are very expensive, so if you were to become a victim of a theft, you would have something to reference for that."

He believes that some of the cases are related, and detectives are working hard to get every stolen item back. "We do everything we can to recover the property," he says, "whether that be from a pawn shop or searching a house. We try to get the property back because even though they may have insurance, it's the sentimental value of things that we try to help the families with."

Grove Hill Homeowners Association Board President Chuck Hunt says the police gave very helpful tips like planting prickly bushes near the windows of your house. "I learned that the things you think may not mean anything oftentimes do," he says, "and if you see something out of the ordinary, then it's best to say something and ask questions later instead of just letting it go."

Many of the cars that were burglarized in the neighborhood were unlocked at the time of the break-in. Residents learned at the meeting that sometimes it's common sense techniques that keep you from being an easy target.

Hunt says, "If you're going to park your car in your driveway, lock the doors. Just do the little things that make sense and don't invite someone who may want to steal something or look in your window and say, 'oh there's an iPad,' and just take it."

Chief Register remarks, "It's good to see a neighborhood that is concerned, and that will come and ask questions and work together, because what we need more than anything are people that report suspicious activity."

Summer trips were also a topic of discussion. If you'd like a patrol car to check on your home while you're away, call Auburn police at 334-501-3150. Chief Register also suggests having neighbors keep an eye on things and leaving a light and your alarm system on. Police also caution against answering the door late at night and to people you don't know.

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