Don't become a victim of burglary

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - For many people, the holiday season means shopping trips to the mall and out of town vacations. So, it's important to make sure you don't become a victim of a home or car burglary. Sergeant Jackie Rhodes from the Biloxi Police Department said it's easy to protect yourself and your property.

Sgt. Jackie Rhodes said, "If you're going to buy a lot of things and take it out to your car, don't leave it inside the car. Put it in your trunk where it can't be seen. Out of sight, out of mind."

Another area of concern is your home. Just this week, three burglars were arrested in Biloxi who where trying to break into a house. Rhodes said if it wasn't for a neighbor's intuition, they may have succeeded.

"In this day and age everybody is in a hurry, rush rush. We may not know our neighbor's name, but I think most of us know what kind of car our neighbor drives, know what our neighbor looks like. So if they see something suspicious at a neighbor's house, call us," said Rhodes.

Protecting yourself and your home can be simple. You can start with locking your door. Rhodes said lock it when you are at home and when you leave.

"Leave a light on in your house if you're not going to be home at night. Motion sensitive lights outside so if somebody walks into your yard the light will automatically come on. You might even consider an alarm, depending on the value of the property inside your home," said Rhodes.

Rhodes said it's important to use common sense, be cautious and alert. If you live in Biloxi and need to report any suspicious activity, you can call the Biloxi Police Department at (228) 392-0641.

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