THOMASVILLE — A woman who lives in the 800 block of North Pinetree Boulevard told police she awoke early Sunday morning to loud banging noises on the side of her house.

Police responded and documented the activity in the 4 a.m. incident, but found no one.

Thomasville Police Department has recorded 41 prowler reports since Jan. 1.

Frequent prowler reports were made on Myrtle Drive, and a vehicle reportedly was broken into on the street.

Myrtle Drive prowler reports have decreased significantly. 

"We beefed up our patrols," said Maj. Wade Glover, TPD public information officer. "We are looking at a suspect at this time."

Residents of the city's northeast sector have made most of the recent prowler reports.

Glover said police are patrolling at night on foot, in cars and on golf carts.

Several prowler reports have been about sounds on the exterior of houses. Glover said some of the sounds might be animals or youngsters playing pranks.

Glover said it is imperative that residents call 911 immediately upon hearing or seeing anyone suspicious.

"We want you to call," he said.

Some prowlers, he said, are looking for a house or vehicle to break into.

Glover encourages residents to have exterior lighting to deter prowlers.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820