WHITE, Ga. -- Mike Porter thought when he moved to rural Bartow County 10 years ago that he wouldn't have to worry about crime. He didn't, until May 7, 2012. That's when burglars broke into a storage building on his property and stole more than $5,000 worth of property.
"I found a four-wheeler missing and a couple of tools, a welder and a chain saw," Porter said.
Porter said the crime has changed the way he and his family live. "The kids that live around here won't even come out in the yard," he said. "Now my son won't even come down to the trampoline by himself because he's afraid."
Porter said he's not the only one in White, Ga. who has been victimized. "It just seems like in the past month and a half that I often hear that somebody else lost something," he said.
After the burglary, Porter did something many urban dwellers have done. He bought a digital surveillance system and an alarm for the storage building on his rural property for peace of mind. "I never thought they'd come back again," he said.
But, they did. Less than a week later on May 13, 2012, Mothers Day, two men pried open the same door to get into his storage building. It only took 13 seconds before an alarm went off and scared the suspects away.
Nothing was taken but Mike Porter wants to make sure none of his neighbors become victims again and shared video from his surveillance cameras with 11Alive News. "I just want to see if anybody recognizes these guys and put a stop to it," he said. "If it was someone that I knew, I think I'd be able to pinpoint who they are."
If you recognize the suspects, call the Bartow County Sheriff Office because no matter where you live, no one should have to live in fear.
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