Sheriff's Department offers tips for protecting yourself - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Paranjape

Sheriff's Department offers tips for protecting yourself

Since January 1st, there have been 546 home burglaries in Memphis and Shelby County. The numbers are slightly up. But, there are ways to protect your home and yourself.

Jenny Smith of Memphis always turns on her alarm and always locks her doors.

It's habit now. Ever since the day someone tried to break-in.

"That's the foot print of the guy police say broke in," Smith said.

Smith said the person kicked open the door, but likely heard the alarm and took off. She was not home at the time, but still feels violated.

"Someone I didn't invite in just took it upon themselves to come in and get in my space," Smith said.
Smith quickly became a statistic. There have been 14 percent more break-ins in Memphis then this time last year. The numbers are only slightly up in Shelby County.

Steve Shular with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department said one thing they're doing is looking at the day and time that break-in's occur so they can better patrol a particular area.
"Law enforcement alone cannot do the job effectively.  We also need the cooperation of people who are at the businesses in the area and also the residents who live out that way," Shular said.

Shular said there are also things you can do to drive away burglars.

One thing, turn on your porch lights and keep your curtains closed at night.

Keep your shrubs trimmed. No more than three feet high.  Any taller and it's a good spot to hide.

And, if you have a neighborhood watch program, get involved.

Shular also said having an alarm system is a great idea.

But if you can't afford one he says get a dog.

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