Woman fights back after her home is burglarized

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  An East Alabama woman is taking a stand and warning her neighbors after being the victim of a home burglary.

There have been four burglaries in the last week in the neighborhood off of 15th Ave in Phenix City, near Summer Place.

After being a victim, one neighbor, who did not want to be identified, put up signs warning her neighbors they might be next.  She said, "I did not know it was going on.  I do not know what I could have or would have done differently, but at least I would have been aware."

This victim tells us her back door was kicked in and electronics were stolen.

Phenix City Police tell us they are concerned about the break-ins, but do not consider the case in this neighborhood a rash of burglaries. 

Twenty-seven burglaries were reported in the last week in Phenix City.  Investigators have seen a pattern throughout the city of break-ins in the morning time once people go to work.

Lt. George Staudinger said, "We have asked our patrol men on daytime hours to spend more hours in the housing areas like that."

This victim says she will not keep quiet about what happened to her.  She is also being proactive and has taken all the valuables she has left out of her home.  She explained, "Of course, you feel like someone has invaded your privacy.  I work really, really hard.  I work two jobs to pay for everything I get.  My child worked all summer to work for what he got and within minutes it is gone.  It is unfair."

Police believe the suspects are young adults.  Lt. Staudinger said, "We always do notice a decrease when school starts and a decrease in all property crimes, like burglary and auto burglary."

Police advice is to always make sure that you take pictures of your valuables and write serial numbers down for big items.

As a renter, it is also good to have renters insurance.

The police said that neighbors can be the best help in catching criminals.  "They are more in-tune to what is going on in the neighborhood than we are. If they have suspicions or know people in the area that may be a problem, call us and let us check in to it."

The victim is urging everyone to be aware.  "Look out your back door every now and again.  I know it is hot and nobody wants to be outside, but, watch out for your neighbors and maybe they will watch out for you."

The landlord of the rental properties on 15th Ave and Summer Place is offering a reward for any information that leads to an arrest.  If you have any information about these burglaries, you are asked to call Lt. Staudinger at 334-448-2837. 

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