Richmond County investigators are cracking down on crime in West Augusta. Officers say this part of the county has the highest burglary rate per capita – and crooks are targeting jewelry and electronics.
Investigators went door to door on West Wheeler Parkway Thursday night. Investigators say this part of the county has the highest burglary rate per capita.
Investigators say they've had more than 100 burglaries in the past year, and 3 just this past weekend.
Around 60 officers handed out to flyers to neighbors in this area. Their goal – was to teach them how to protect their property and help report any suspicious activity.
"Someone was inside my house and I walked in on them. They made off with $2,000 electronics, computers, cologne. The second time they came back and stole palm trees," said Nate Meador.
They say crooks are looking mostly for jewelry, laptops and notebooks and are urging people to hide any valuables.
"You look at my neighbors door, his door got kicked in. he got robbed 2 months ago. He never leaves the house and he left for a few minutes and once he left, they kicked his door," said Nate Meador.
Investigators say you can do some things to stay safe – lock up valuables like jewelry, laptops, and notebooks. Write down any serial numbers and leave the lights or TV on so it looks like someone's at home.
"I have put motion sensors, lights, locked gates, padlocks, cameras in my house," said Meador.
Now it's not just homes on West Wheeler Parkway that have been hit – some of the streets nearby including Roy Road have also been burglarized.
Investigators say crooks typically knock on the door before breaking-in to check if anyone's home.
If you see a suspicious car in your neighborhood, make sure you jot down the license plate because it could crack the case.
Investigators say there are car break-ins in that area but they are more sporadic. They are offering a 2-thousand dollar reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
Richmond County investigators say the goal of tonight's sweep is to raise awareness and deter crooks – and ultimately reduce the number of burglaries in West Augusta.