You may think, 'It couldn't happen to me,' but Thomas County deputies say break-ins and robberies take place in every neighborhood.
They say it only takes an unlocked front door or a garage left open for someone to slip in empty-handed and leave with your belongings as their loot.
Investigators say that's exactly what happened when more than 30-thousand dollars' worth of fine jewelry was stolen from a Thomas County home recently.
Says chief investigator on the case Lt. Tim Watkins, "We believe entry had been gained by a window that was left open by the homeowner on their back deck."
Some Thomas County residents say they love their neighbors, but in today's world, they take every precaution to keep their valuables safe from thieves.
Says resident Mark Sealy, "[Thieves] can just walk in and walk out. It's good to have an alarm system, but if you don't, always be sure that your doors and windows are locked."
Deputies say vacant homes for sale in the area also create a tempting opportunity for many would-be crooks.
Realtors like Thomasville agent Jeffrey Jones say they're extra vigilant because of this.
Says Jones, "After we show the houses we want to make sure they're secure, locked, that the proper lights are either left on or left off and the security systems are always armed."
With just the turn of a key, deputies say you can better protect your home or office every time you leave.
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