Don’t be a victim: Steps to protect you from home burglaries

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s not impossible to avoid falling victim to home burglaries, but there are steps you can take to try to help prevent it from happening to you.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, there were nearly 44,000 cases of burglary in Tennessee in 2015, and about a third of them happened during broad daylight.

As homeowners and parents to three children, safety is a top priority for John and Sarah Mabry.

Like many, Sarah told News 2 that beyond an alarm and cameras, she is not sure what steps to take.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Luckily, the Franklin Police Department can help out with security checks.

News 2 walked around with Sergeant Patrick Tippit to see his suggestions for the Mabrys.

He says visibility and alertness are key.

“Burglars or criminals with intent to burglarize tend to refrain from areas where they feel like they can be seen,” Sgt. Tippit said.

Next, pay attention to landscaping and locked fences. The sergeant pointed out tapered scrubs that would allow a potential burglar to gain access to the Mabry’s home window while simultaneously sheltering the criminal from sight.

On the inside of the home, deadbolts, windows, and sensors can scare away burglars as well.

“If there is one, two, and potentially a third layer on the door, they tend to follow the path of least resistance,” he said.

Tippit said the final line of defense can make a difference.

“We laugh about nosey neighbors and nothing gets done without Flo down the street knowing about it, but in actuality, that is one of the greatest tools that a neighborhood can have.”

That’s something the Mabrys are appreciative of every day.

“I really feel fortunate to live in a part of the country where people that are protecting us really, genuinely care,” said John.

If you would like the Franklin Police Department to check your home, you can schedule an appointment through the Public Affairs Office at 615-794-2513.

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