Eric Rozier and Lt. Carmelita Preston, detectives with the Albany Police Department, gathered to give crime prevention tips to the public Monday in light of recent robberies and home invasions.
ALBANY, Ga. — As the Albany Police Police Department works to protect citizens, they are also giving the public guidance on how to protect themselves.
Eric Rozier, a detective with the Albany Police Department, said there are certain steps a person can take to protect themselves from home invasions and robberies.
The main thing, Rozier said, is for a person to be aware of his or her surroundings — especially at times of the day, such as the evening and early morning hours, in which such incidents are more common.
“Going to and from your car, look out because there could be someone looking to take advantage of you,” Rozier said.
Authorities also advise people to try not to be alone, don’t draw attention to the valuables you have on you, invest in good exterior lights and to report suspicious behavior to the police.
If a situation arises, Rozier counsels people to never refuse a robber, and to utilize their eyes and ears as their best weapons.
“Pay attention to physical characteristics, mannerisms and what they say,” he said. “Also, don’t mess with a crime scene, and if you see or hear anything, call the police.
“We all play an important role in looking out for each other. We need to work together so we can prevent this stuff.”
Certain incidents, including robberies and home invasions, tend to occur more often this time of year, officials say.
“During the holidays, we do see an increase in these crimes in the area,” Rozier said. “It’s something we all work together to prevent.”
This is guidance given on the heels on a home invasion that took place on Pineknoll Lane Saturday morning. In that case, a 74-year-old man was approached by an armed robber as he was walking to his car. His wife was attacked by a second man and forced back into her home along with her husband, where the suspects demanded money.
The wife, Pat Rhodes, 54, suffered a thumb injury and swollen lip. Authorities indicated that her husband Curt Rhodes was, at some point, taken to an area hospital following the incident.
The suspects got away with an undetermined amount of cash. As of Monday afternoon, no arrests had been made in the case and the incident remained under investigation.