- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - With hunting season winding down, authorities are warning people to remove their valuables from their hunting camps.

Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger told The Montgomery Advertiser (https://on.mgmadv.com/1qYtP5T ) that hunting camps are perfect targets for thieves because the camps are in rural areas and are often abandoned for weeks or months after the end of hunting season.

Sedinger said thieves look for anything of value, but some particular favorite targets are all-terrain vehicles and guns.

“We’ve had reports of stolen tractors, large utility trailers, plows, discs, bush hogs,” Sedinger said. “Any equipment the club uses to work their fields. You should never leave a gun in camp, even overnight or until next weekend.”

Elmore County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ricky Lowery said all valuables should be removed from the camps at the end of the season. He also recommended that people record the serial numbers of electronics or other items in case they’re stolen.

“We need the numbers so if we recover any stolen items, we can get them back to you,” he said. “You need to keep a copy of all your serial numbers, and it’s a good idea to take pictures of anything of value.”

Spring turkey season closes April 30 in most Central Alabama counties.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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