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Walbridge Block Watch focuses on burglary prevention

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Crime may seem non-existent in small communities, but it isn't.

"It doesn't matter how big or small the community, you're still going to have crimes of opportunity," Walbridge patrolman, Tyler Swerlein said.

That's why Walbridge police are working with those who call the village home, to prevent it.

Wednesday, at a block watch meeting, officers focused on breaking and entering and home burglaries.

"One was down the street from me, so that kind of made me open my eyes a little bit," Laura Kegley, who lives in Walbridge said.

"It is a concern," Bill McMillion, who lives in the village told 13abc.  "My house has been broken into, so I know it can happen."

McMillion says he was able to recover some of what was stolen, but the rest was gone for good.

Now, he takes extra steps to feel safe.

"I do just about everything that everyone has said," he said.

Police suggest leaving some lights on when you leave, installing dead bolt locks and even say sometimes it helps to think like a criminal.

"Don't go to the extent of breaking your windows or kicking the door in, but check, is it east to take a knife or credit card to slip through the door?" says Patrolman Swerlein.

Police also say it's important to look out for your neighbors, especially in the summer, when more people are out and about and on vacation.

But Walbridge officers offer a free service if you're heading out of town, called residence checks.

"We're good about having multiple officers on different shifts, checking the residences at different times," Swerlein said.

To set up a check call 419-666-1447 or stop by the police station to fill out a form.


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