Mailbox-checking burglars get guns, electronics in Kedron, Smokerise

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Peachtree City Police are investigating three residential burglaries that occurred between Dec. 18-28 in subdivisions along North Peachtree Parkway.

Police department spokesperson Rosanna Dove said two homes in the Smokerise subdivision and one in the Kedron Hills subdivision were the target of the burglars. Forced entry was made into each home, said Dove. At each burglary, electronic items were taken and, at one of the burglaries, two firearms were stolen, Dove added.

Dove said that information relating to the burglaries indicates that the burglar may have been checking mailboxes to determine if the residents were in town.

Dove also advised that if residents witness anyone checking mailboxes, write down the vehicle description, tag number, and occupant’s descriptions, and then call the Peachtree City Police Department immediately, either at 911 or 770-461-4357.

Dove said a reward of up to $2,500 is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglars.

Dove said the Peachtree City Police Department would like to remind citizens that there are several steps they can be taken to protect their homes and property. Taking these steps can reduce the chances of becoming a victim of these types of residential burglaries:

• Contact the post office and stop all mail from being delivered while you are out of town. If this is not practical, have a friend pick up your mail on a daily basis.

• If packages must be delivered while you are out of town, have a friend pick them up. Never leave packages on your front porch for an extended period of time.

• Have a friend check your front door for notes or notices. These notices can alert criminals to the fact that you have not been home for a day or two.

• Install timers on your lights so they will activate periodically throughout the day. A home that has not had any lights on for a few days alerts criminals.

• Install motion activated lights on the exterior of your home.

• Ensure that landscaping does not provide criminals a place to conceal themselves or your property.

• Install a burglar alarm and ensure you set the alarm prior to leaving your home.

• Ensure all doors are locked, and install deadbolts on all exterior doors.

• Let a trusted neighbor know you will be out of town.

• Call 911 immediately if you see something suspicious or out of place at a neighbor’s home.

If you have any other information that could assist police in this investigation, call 770-631-2510. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Crime and Narcotics Information Hotline at 770-487-6010.