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Columbus Police see increase in burglaries; some residents on edge

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Ira Meyers says he's concerned after the 6th home burglary in less than a month in his neighborhood. Ira Meyers says he's concerned after the 6th home burglary in less than a month in his neighborhood.
Police recommend to advertise your alarm system to discourage burglars from targeting your home. Police recommend to advertise your alarm system to discourage burglars from targeting your home.
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The Columbus Police Department says they're seeing a rise in burglaries this year.

Police haven't crunched the numbers for October yet, but through September the city has seen 2,400 business and residential break-ins this year. That's compared to 1,909 at this same time last year, which is a 26% increase.

A lot of those burglaries have been home break-ins. Local residents have posted on social media about an increase of break-ins at area homes, many occurring during the day.

Ira Meyers lives two doors down from a house that was broken into Monday morning. He says it's the 6th burglary in the Hilton Heights area in less than a month.

"It's happening, it's been going on and it's very concerning," says Meyers.

There have also been reports of home burglaries in North Columbus, the area from Green Island to Williams Road.

Meyers says he's heard of criminals knocking on doors and acting as salespeople to see if anyone is home. Police say this is a common tactic.

To prevent home break-ins, Police recommend leaving a light on, closing all garage doors and locking any storage units around your home.

Officials also say advertising your security to potential intruders is a good idea to discourage burglars from targeting your home. Meyers warns potential criminals that he has dogs and his house is protected by an alarm system.

"Obviously it's enough to deter folks that are doing this. They're just looking for easy targets, I'm not an easy target because of the things I have around my home," says Meyers.

Police say if you go on vacation or if you're away for an extended amount of time to stop your mail or newspaper or have someone pick it up for you.

Officials say if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood to report it to police.

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