posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 3:58 PM by klehan

Alarm Systems and Dogs Scare off Professional Burglars

Investigators with the Autauga County Sheriff's Office in Alabama continue to gather scant evidence and follow slim leads in an attempt to stem a flood of burglaries and thefts that have plagued citizens in the county's rural areas for several months.

Capt. Joe Sedinger said Thursday that sheriff's investigators, along with patrol deputies, are doing everything with­in their means to put an end to the rural crime wave.

"People need to remember, too, that times have changed," Capt. Sedinger said. “They can't leave their doors open anymore. It's a shame, but you just can't trust everybody like you used to."

Capt. Sedinger also said there are at least two effective deterrents that may be employed by those who wish to prevent theft of their property. "I've interviewed several professional burglars, and they tell me they try to stay away from houses where there is a burglar alarm, or where there is a dog.”