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Greene County Investigating Home Burglaries, Offering Safety Tips

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The Greene County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help to find who's responsible for a series of home burglaries. And in the wake of the recent crimes, it's reminding people about programs in place to help prevent them from being targets.

It's considered an ongoing investigation, so the sheriff's office is being pretty tight-lipped about any specifics right now. It is offering to go out to homes and show people where to put valuables so they won't be targeted.

"Burglaries happen anywhere, whether you're in any location," said Kevin Freid with the Green County Sheriff's Office.

That's why the Greene County Sheriff's Office is reminding people not to take anything - including safety - for granted. This comes after a rash of home burglaries in Ruckersville within a four-day period during late April.

"When the homeowners arrived home they found that money, electronics, jewelry were taken from the residences," Freid said.

The sheriff's office wouldn't provide specifics on where the burglaries happened or where the investigation stands, but along with continuing to do neighborhood patrol, it is also offering home safety assessments.

"Pointing out things like window locks, door locks," Freid said.

To some it sounds like common sense, but for the law enforcement teams that deal with these crimes, a little reinforcement doesn't hurt. The department also provides a class, teaching people things they can do to throw criminals off.

"It's called ‘Don't Be A Victim.' It teaches the community simple things like, don't drive the same route home every day, don't park in the same space, if you purchase large electronics, keep the boxes the day before the trash people come to pick them up. Don't set them out a week ahead of time," Freid said.

If you have any information about the crimes, you can call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000 or the sheriff's office at 434-985-2222.

You can also contact the sheriff's office if you want to take advantage of the safety programs.

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