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Burglary Moving Into Rural Community

Posted August 29, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A rural community in southwest Wake County has turned into a target for burglars. Now people in New Hill are wondering how to keep the burglars, at bay.

The area is dark and very rural. Lights are scarce and neighbors few and far between. That, police say, is major attraction for burglars.

New Hill resident Mae Barbe says no one is safe any more.

A few days ago, burglars broke into Barbe's shed through a window. Not far away, burglars also struck at the small store. Both are part of a rash of break ins that have occurred recently in New Hill, in southeastern Wake County.

Wallace Womble has lived in New Hill all his life. He says he's not very bothered by the burglaries.

Police say people in areas like New Hill should take particular precautions. Keep all doors and windows locked. Make sure there is plenty of light around your house and property. Consider joining forces with others to form a neighborhood watch program. Cary Police Lt. Sid Holden says police will help.

Barbe says there are no guarantees of safety if someone wants to get into your house badly enough.

With Labor Day approaching and many people traveling, rural residents may want to consider additional advice for those times when they are away from home. Have someone pick up your mail and newspapers, make sure the house is secured, and ask neighbors to keep an eye on things for you.

Reporter:Wisdom Martin