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A New Study Finds Out Thieves' Motives

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A new study that looks into the minds of burglars is the latest tool to help authorities combat property crimes.

Henderson County Sheriff's Office has received nearly 600 calls for residential break-ins and burglaries each year for the last three years.

"Some thing has got to be done. I mean we can't stay home all the time," said Hazel Keith of Henderson County.

Keith says her neighbor's house was broken into on Saturday.

Luckily, her home was left untouched.

The study funded by Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation notes that most burglars look for an easy target.

"The person or persons want to get into the house as quickly as possible to gather the highest return product they can get which is usually guns, money and jewelry," said Sheriff Charlie McDonald.

If a home appears to have increased security, such as: a dog, surveillance equipment and lacks an escape route due to fencing, a thief will usually pass.

"People have to protect themselves," Keith adds.

For those who don't, Henderson County Sheriff's Office is trying to help. It has a dedicated team of investigators to solely focus on preventing break-ins and burglaries.

Similar to the results of the study, the Directed Enforcement Unit as they're called also focuses on what motivates thieves.

The sheriff's office has started using crime-mapping software that allows deputies to see where crime have occurred along with reports of suspicious activity, so they can start building a strategy.

McDonald says the results of the study coupled with the office's current technology will only give them more insight into the minds of those who break the law.

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