A series of recent break-ins in south Montgomery County is bringing residents together to find ways to combat crime in their area.
It was a packed house at Dunbar-Ramer School Monday night to hear from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department about what they can do to protect themselves and their neighbors.
Social media played a big part in helping people alert their friends and neighbors about what was going on.
Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham talked about how burglars work, how not to become a victim of a crime of opportunity by making it easy for someone to break into your home and the importance of communication between neighbors.
Cunningham talked about some things you can do to protect your home like install security systems and cameras. He really drove home the point that you need to be involved and concerned about what's going on in your community during the good times -- not after you've become a victim of crime.
He also talked about something a lot of people probably don't know -- It you're going out of town, the sheriff's office will do a free vacation home check to make sure you've got your home covered while you're gone.
For more information about community associations and neighborhood watch programs in Montgomery County, visit the sheriff's office website.