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Update: Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Rash of Break-ins, 7 Tips to Guard Against Crime

Citizens in the Bladenboro area reported a rash of break-ins recently. On Monday morning, Chief Deputy with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office confirmed there had been seven (7) break-ins in the Center Road area.

At this time, the Sheriff’s Office is not at liberty to disclose any further information regarding the break-ins. Still, Chief Deputy Warner stated, “Anyone with information regarding the investigation please to all the Sheriff’s Office.” The office number is 910-862-6960.

Two residents are seeking assistance from the media for help in finding a 1970 utility trailer with the North Carolina license plate number CK-33765. The sentimental valuables that were stored inside the stolen trailer are not replaceable, according to the couple.

This past weekend the trailer was reported stolen. The report is in the same area, of the rash of break-ins this past weekend. The trailer was located on NC 131 Highway when stolen, and the break-ins were reportedly in the Center Road area, according to reports.

According to the couple’s report the enclosed trailer is black with white elephant stickers and has an aluminum roof. Again, anyone with information, call 910-862-6360.

Unfortunately, no neighborhood is completely immune to crime. However, there are steps available to help keep families, property, and communities safe.

The National Crime Prevention Council states, “In these times of economic distress, many people are concerned about the threat of rising crime in their communities. Fortunately, there are ways to help protect your home and your neighborhood from crime. From simple steps like keeping your doors locked to starting a Neighborhood Watch program, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent crime.”


The council encourages neighbors to work together to keep neighborhoods safe. Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer, according to the council. 


Sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Neighborhood Watch offers the following tips to guard against crime.


1. Ask people who seldom leave their homes to be “window watchers,” looking out for children and reporting any unusual activities in the neighborhood.


2. Work with the police or sheriff’s office. These agencies are critical to a Watch group’s credibility and are the source of necessary information and training.


3. Gather the facts about crime in your neighborhood. Check police reports, conduct victimization surveys, and learn residents’ perceptions about crimes. 


4. Sponsor a crime and drug prevention fair at a church hall, temple, shopping mall, or community center.


5. Monetary rewards for crime tips encourage crime reporting. This strategy aims to promote–through financial incentives and anonymity–reporting of criminal incidents by reluctant or fearful residents who have witnessed or have essential information about a crime. 


6. Organized groups of neighborhood residents who watch out for criminal and suspicious behavior and report it to local law enforcement help prevent crime and promote cooperation among residents and police.

7. Local media coverage of and support for community crime prevention help raise public awareness and encourage participation in community-based projects against crime.

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