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Mid-South's top cops give advice

When you are looking for the best ways to fight crime, who better to ask than the people who have been fighting it for years! We spoke to the Mid-South's top cops, and here's what they told us.

Memphis Police Department

Major Billy Garrett with the Memphis Police Department says you should make sure you have good locks on your doors and strong windows.

He says make sure there are no hiding places in the front of your house... Make it hard for a burglar to find a way to sneak into your home!

Shelby County Sheriff's Department

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell says there are several ways to protect your home. He says a home security system is a good deterrent. Dogs are also good deterrents. Keep shrubs trimmed below the window line. Report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood and get involved in an organized crime watch group.

Log on to their web site to see how they track crime and what tips they can give you to protect your home... www.shelby-sheriff.org.

Collierville Police Department

Lt. Chris Locke with the Collierville Police Department says community watch programs are one of the best ways to fight crime. He says Collierville has a very strong program, and it has really helped them cut down on crime. He also says if you return home and something looks out of place, don't hesitate to call the police. He says it's their job to come over and check it out. You can learn more by logging on to their web site www.colliervillepolice.org.

DeSoto County Sheriff's Department

We talked to Commander Mark Blackson at the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department. Commander Blackson says most burglaries happen during the day while most people are at work. He says most burglaries are snatch and grab where burglaries simply look for "crimes of opportunity". To stop those crimes, Commander Blackson says make sure you keep your garage door closed and never leave your lawn equipment unattended. He also says it is important that homeowners keep a complete list of items in their homes, garages, and storage buildings, including each items serial numbers.

Southaven Police Department

Captain Cliff Freeman with the Southaven Police Department tells us this is the time of year when people really need to use their common sense. He says burglaries dropped last year after an effort to educate homeowners about summer crimes. Captain Freeman says never leave your garage door open and never leave your lawn equipment out in your yard when you are not using it. He says even if it is just for a minute...that's all the time a burglar needs to do his dirty work.

Collierville Police Department

Lt. Chris Locke with the Collierville Police Department says community watch programs are one of the best ways to fight crime. He says Collierville has a very strong program, and it has really helped them cut down on crime. He also says if you return home and something looks out of place, don't hesitate to call the police. He says it's their job to come over and check it out. You can learn more by logging on to their web site www.colliervillepolice.org.

Tipton County Sheriff's Department

Chief Larry Durham says the number one way to stop crime is a good neighborhood watch program. If you are not involved in one, you can call your local police or sheriff's department to find out how to start you own. He also says the quicker deputies get the call the faster they can start their work.

Fayette County Sheriff's Department

Fayette County Sheriff Bill Kelley says always make your house look like you are at home. He says if you return home and something looks weird, call police immediately. His best advice? Get involved in a neighborhood watch program!

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