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Official: Being alert in your neighborhood can help prevent property crimes

Official: Being alert in your neighborhood can help prevent property crimes / Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- In 2016, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) reported over 300,000 property crimes. These are crimes that include burglary, theft and arson.

Maj. George Foster with the Forsyth Police Department said that getting to know your neighbor is one of the best ways to keep your community safe.

"Every time a citizen takes it upon themselves to help us out, it makes our job a lot easier," he said

But Foster also warned about people trying to come into your neighborhood to take advantage of you and others in your area. He encourages everyone to say something if they see something.

"If you see something and you know it's not right, something's wrong," he said. "That's the perfect time to let us know. It might be nothing, but we'll figure that out once we investigate."

Foster said it is also a good idea to be mindful of what you throw away. He said throwing away anything that contains personal information can be like throwing out your identity. Therefore, he encourages shredding or burning those documents.

In 2016, there were over 2,000 reported burglaries in Macon. That's a number that officials say can be reduced if more neighbors look out for each other and report anything suspicious to authorities.

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