Golf week generally crime-free

Deputies turn out to keep traffic flowing

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Thousands will descend on Augusta in the upcoming week. Despite what might be imagined, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said, the influx of cars and out-of-towners provides for a relaxing week.

Crowds line the fairways during the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.  Corey Perrine/Staff
Corey Perrine/Staff
Crowds line the fairways during the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

"Typically, it's a quiet week (for law enforcement) around Augusta," said sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay. "Even though there are more people here, we typically don't have that much trouble related to Masters Week."

Last year, there were more issues than normal for deputies because of the abundance of people following Tiger Woods.

Authorities said the majority of Augustans are either out of town for the week or working secondary jobs around the Masters Tournament.

In short, fewer people have the time to commit crimes.

"We typically don't have the problem as far as pickpockets and people stealing tickets," Gay said. "Although tickets are stolen and we get our fair share of forged tickets, we don't have the big city crimes of pickpocketing and people's pocketbooks being stolen."

Capt. Scott Peebles pointed out that there is usually a slight increase in prostitution charges during the week.

DUIs also don't pose the problem that might be expected from the influx of vacationing sports fans.

Gay said the majority of visiting guests take advantage of their hotels' shuttle services when celebrating.

The main issues during the week tend to be charges of disorderly conduct and traffic offenses.

"Of course, we have more traffic accidents because we have more vehicles on the roadway," Gay said. "For the number of vehicles put on the roadway, I don't think the number of accidents (is) unreasonable."

Col. Gary Powell said the sheriff's office's main goal during the week is to "keep traffic flowing."

Other than that, it's a breeze.

"We've done it so many times that it's not bad," Powell said. "Everybody starts getting tired toward the end of the week, but everybody knows their job."

More deputies will be working during the Masters Tournament, but Powell said he could not release how many more officers would be working.

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gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 03/29/11 - 07:19 am
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Knock wood.

Knock wood.

BornInAUG
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BornInAUG 03/29/11 - 07:48 am
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Thanks in advance for the

Thanks in advance for the long hours to be put in!

bettyboop
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bettyboop 03/29/11 - 08:38 am
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It is because Golf fans are a

It is because Golf fans are a bit more civilized than say....the bikers and the groupies that follow them to the beach......different mentality.

mickl
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mickl 03/29/11 - 09:17 am
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bettboop, ‘It is because Golf

bettboop, ‘It is because Golf fans are a bit more civilized than say....the bikers and the groupies that follow them to the beach......different mentality.’
Sort off like at Myrtle Beach a few years when the black motorcycle club canceled their annual trip there over the protest of the confederate flag. The mayor of Myrtle Beach said after hearing it, “I guess I won’t need to ask the governor to use the National Guard after all.”

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seenitB4 03/29/11 - 10:02 am
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Many are making money during

Many are making money during the week...either legit or not......rentals-food services-cleaning jobs-landscaping- & lets not forget the "ladies" of the night & drugs of all kinds..
Too bad we can't have the Masters twice a year.:)

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/29/11 - 11:16 am
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Masters every week!!

Masters every week!!

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 03/29/11 - 11:18 am
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The Masters are Great! Hope

The Masters are Great! Hope they have their "bet's" time ever. ha hahha

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/29/11 - 12:29 pm
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I like the airplanes!

I like the airplanes!

PetsArePeopleToo
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PetsArePeopleToo 03/29/11 - 01:00 pm
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I personally do not believe

I personally do not believe that . I believe that the crimes still occur but is kept quiet while Augusta has "company". The city puts on "good clothes" for one week out of the year . Look around the city , snappy signs , freshly groomed entrances , trash that has been picked up that has been lying about since last year. I wonder how many crime stories will be aired on the news or written about in the paper? Lets all partake
in this charade . Rose colored glasses , or Kool-Aid anyone ??

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corgimom 03/29/11 - 07:05 pm
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PAPT, you are 100% correct.

PAPT, you are 100% correct.

There is plenty of garbage that goes on with the out-of-town guests, but nobody publicly talks about it.

The Augusta nightclubs used to be wild places during Master's Week.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/29/11 - 09:49 pm
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Hookers, dealers,

Hookers, dealers, pickpockets, con artists, etc. are still around, but RCSO does a GREAT job of catching them and locking them up fast.

EMS6465
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EMS6465 03/30/11 - 07:53 am
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Yeah the crime rate drops

Yeah the crime rate drops during Masters Week because RCSO has been hiting all the dope spots and the Crime Suppresion Team also have been out in full force for the past two weeks locking most of the scum of Augusta up,to put on a good show for Masters. RCSO has done a wonderful job. My hat is off to each and everyone of them.

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AutumnLeaves 04/01/11 - 12:18 am
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This reminds me of the

This reminds me of the article about the 899,000 gallons that were just released from the wastewater treatment plant.

OIC
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OIC 03/30/11 - 07:16 pm
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The criminals are not too

The criminals are not too busy to commit crimes. The fact is less crime is detected due to the abundance of deputies taking vacation to work for the Augusta National. The special operations units are placed at intersections and locations surrounding the golf course. The rest of Augusta-Richmond County is left with whats left of the road patrol shifts that are not on vacation. My guess is that the criminal element does not rent his/her home and then go on vacation.

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AutumnLeaves 04/01/11 - 03:09 pm
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RCSO is doing a good job with

RCSO is doing a good job with what they have, but there is still too much crime. They can't be everywhere. CITIZENS need to step up and do their job, too. Law enforcement can't get the evidence they need unless citizens are willing to report it and back up their neighbors instead of run and hide, hoping the one that has guts to report things will take up their slack. When fear gets in the way, criminals are free to play...

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