MOULTRIE — The month of September saw well over 100 thefts reported and more than $140,000 in property reported stolen. If September was an average month, that would mean about $1.7 million in property is stolen each year in Colquitt County.

From police reports run in The Observer between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1, there was an estimated $140,700 in property reported stolen to Moultrie and Colquitt County law enforcement officers. That figure includes any other property reported damaged during the thefts. There were 117 thefts reported during the time period, but police didn’t necessarily know the values of all the stolen items at the time of the initial reports.

In an average day during September, law enforcement officers responded to 5.3 theft reports. The known values of the items reported stolen averaged $6,395.46 per day.

There was a wide variety of items reported stolen ranging in value of several thousand dollars to about $100. Among the items reported stolen during the time period were vehicles, air conditioning units, lawn equipment, farm equipment, tools, guns, electronics, cash, cell phones, copper wiring, clothing, food, instruments, utility trailers, car stereo equipment, home appliances, jewelry and bicycles.

Moultrie Police Chief Frank Lang said the numbers sounded extremely high. He encouraged everyone to keep their valuables secure and for businesses to do everything they can to protect their property, such as installing alarm systems and security cameras.

In addition to protecting valuables, Lang said he encourages everyone to report any loss or theft, no matter how small. Reporting a small theft could help officers locate and break up a potentially large theft operation. Most important, he said, citizens need to report anything that may seem unusual.

“We encourage citizens to be vigilant and to report anything they see out of the ordinary,” Lang said. “This problem has to be solved with the community’s support. It’s impossible for us to do this alone.”

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