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Targeted policing credited for Augusta crime drop

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Targeted community policing has led to a reduction in some Richmond County crimes during the first seven months of 2011, sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles said Monday.

Violent crimes, in particular, dropped. The number of homicides went down 36 percent, and aggravated assaults fell 23 percent, according to figures for the first seven months of the year.

Peebles credited a 19-month undercover sting for reducing gun crimes. Operation Fox Hunt took nearly 200 guns off the streets, he said.

Armed robberies of people were down 43 percent, but commercial robberies rose 35 percent after a string of 26 robberies in January.

The year began with a four-year high in the number of burglaries; there were more than 400 burglaries reported in both September and November. Through July, the number of burglaries for the year – 1,970 – exceeded the total for 2010 – 1,939.

Records also show the number of burglaries generally dropping when compared with 2010, and Peebles expects that trend to continue. In July, for instance, there were 128 fewer burglaries than in the same month in 2010.

Peebles said the burglary task force formed at the beginning of the year has made an impact on those crimes. The task force is a small group of selected deputies who patrol only a specific area or neighborhood that has been hard-hit by burglaries.

In addition, investigators have been assigned geographical beats and exclusively work the burglaries in that beat, Peebles said. That includes meeting with neighborhood watch groups to gain information and encourage residents to report burglaries.

“That helps on the preventative side of things,” Peebles said.

The crime that went up the most was child molestation, which experienced a 22 percent increase, compared with this time last year.

By the numbers

                                        2010        2011*     Change

Commercial robbery     48             65           +17

Armed robbery              184          104         -80

Aggravated assault        169          130         -39

Rape                                  44           51            +7

Murder                             19            12            -7

Burglary                         1,939       1,970       +31

Narcotics                           936        871           -65

* Through July

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Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/15/11 - 02:53 pm
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I love the big ATL. And glad

I love the big ATL. And glad I'm going to a decent area there too.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 08/15/11 - 06:58 pm
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I comment where I want
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I comment where I want countyman. I pay taxes in ARC that gives me the right to comment. By the way, as someone that rails on about facts vs. opinion, that's the 2nd time in the last week that you have "guessed" on Aiken County's murder rate. Shame on you Mr. Statistics!

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Asitisinaug 08/15/11 - 02:58 pm
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Countyman, The Sheriff was

Countyman, The Sheriff was NEVER quoted in the article. Statistics for a few select crimes were provided and we are happy that some select crimes did in fact decrease. That being said, our statistics are still far worse than all of our neighbors and this is not a "beautiful neighborhood". No one is trying to "put down" Richmond County on purpose....I would rather live here in the center of things vs. the other counties but since I do want to live here, I want crime and public safety to be a top priority of our leaders and right now, it is not. The furlough cops and cut their salaries while at the same time giving 44 raises to pencil pushers, many as much as 15%. The cut 41 law enforcement positions completely and took another 1 million from the Sheriff's budget while at the same time giving millions to golf courses, bussing, downtown development, trips for commissioners along with cell phones and gas cards, etc. and it is absurd.

Public Safety is one of the top 3 functions of any government along with education and infrastructure. Our elected leaders are ignoring our deputies and we are losing them in droves, the school system is a joke with barely 40% even graduating and of those who do graduate, give them a real test and see how they do and then we have infrastructure...well, except for wanting to spend millions on an unnecessary trolley system or ball park, we let everything else we currently have look like crap except one week a year.

You can attempt to paint whatever picture you want of this city but real people know reality and right now we have a lot of major improvements needed.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/15/11 - 03:02 pm
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Come on over Patty, plenty of

Come on over Patty, plenty of room, but don't leave your bullet proof vest in Awgusta.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/15/11 - 03:08 pm
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Update on the lady who was

Update on the lady who was attacked in the restroom at MCG...She is still in a lot of pain & has lost lots of weight..as with most victims of crime her problems linger on even though the guy was captured & is now in jail...her injuries may be with her forever....I know this lady & I know the Sheriff knows her too...sometimes the damage can't be undone......I will credit the Sheriff for posting a guard at her door afterwards & doing everything he could to catch the guy...we know the Sheriff is doing the best he can..we know where the problems are & most problems stem from the people handling the money in Augusta.

countyman
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countyman 08/15/11 - 03:29 pm
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Burke, Edgefield, and

Burke, Edgefield, and Mcduffie don't even have 100k people. Unless you're comparing the crime rate of Aiken, Richmond, and Columbia County per 100k it's an apples and oranges comparison.. Then again Aiken county had more aggavated assaults(total number) compared to Richmond in 2008 and 2009.. 2009 aggravated assaults: Aiken 319, Richmond 179, and Columbia 59....

countyman
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countyman 08/15/11 - 03:33 pm
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The economy and the ongoing

The economy and the ongoing construction throughout Richmond County speaks for itself... 2009 Personal Income: Columbia 26,418- Greensboro 24,980: Knoxville 23,713: Charleston 23,297: Augusta 18,122: Chattanooga 17,701; Winston Salem 16,970; Huntsville 15,588: Savannah 13,157: Mobile 12,713

2010 Personal Income: Columbia 27,022: Greensboro 25,774: Knoxville 24,624: Charleston 24,193: Augusta 18,854: Chattanooga 18,464: Winston Salem 17,447: Huntsville 16,148: Savannah 13,564: Mobile 13,195

2009 Percent change: Huntsville 1.3%: Augusta .9%: Mobile .2%: Columbia 0%: Charleston -.2%: Savannah -.5%: Greensboro -.9%: Knoxville -1.7%: Chattanooga -1.9%: Winston Salem -2.9%

2010 Percent change: Chattanooga 4.3%: Augusta 4%: Knoxville 3.8%: Charleston 3.8%: Mobile 3.8%: Huntsville 3.6%: Greensboro 3.2%: Savannah 3.1%: Winston Salem 2.8%: Columbia 2.3%

According to the FBI crime rates and the US goverment. The economy of Augusta is better and the crime rate is lower compared to it's competitors.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 08/15/11 - 03:43 pm
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Hope it stays down.

Hope it stays down.

FalseHopeLooseChange
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FalseHopeLooseChange 08/15/11 - 03:44 pm
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#$$%%$##$%.........That just

#$$%%$##$%.........That just about sums up the crime rate everywhere victims have been victimized.

Wonder what crime projections are for 2012 and beyond? The employment situation may not get better for an estimated 5 to 8 years and the drug wars are lost. Overcrowded prisons are being emptied faster than new ones can get built, and it seems like things are not going to get any better anytime soon.

I guess the fluctuating up and down criminal numbers are the new norm. Get armed. Get trained. Get ready.

Vito45
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Vito45 08/15/11 - 04:14 pm
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Unless I miss my guess,

Unless I miss my guess, Countyman is paid to be a cheerleader for Richmond county (C of C or the like), or has a deep vested interest in commercial development. Don't expect anything but what you see from him, it is in his interest to broadcast that spin. If cheerleading put bread on my table, I would too; so I don't blame him for what he posts.

As far as not seeing the same level of interest in ColCo or AikCo; when there are daily reports of killings, driveby's, drug raids, robberies etc. that are on par with Richmond, people will care.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/15/11 - 04:49 pm
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Yeah, let's just wait this

Yeah, let's just wait this one out.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/15/11 - 04:59 pm
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Right on point as usual,

Right on point as usual, Seenit. My friends' home was burglarized this past week while they were at work; the thieves ransacked the house and stole firearms and other valuables. The RCSD deputy who took the report tried to cheer them up by telling them they were the last house to be hit on their road. News to them; not a word on the others on television or in print. Perhaps they don't count... especially for the sheriff's statistics.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/15/11 - 05:04 pm
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As far as crimes in Columbia

As far as crimes in Columbia County are concerned, the overall crime rate is remarkably low; but not surprising, given its demographics. From what I have gathered from information reported when the perpetrators are caught, crime would be negligible if we could stop importing criminals from our neighbor county.

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walrus4ever 08/15/11 - 05:36 pm
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What new industry County? A

What new industry County? A rinkydink business from Mississippi and a fungus farm. LOL. There hasnt been a major industry locating in RC since Nutrasweet in the 70s

hounddog
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hounddog 08/15/11 - 05:39 pm
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Coming to Augusta and many
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Coming to Augusta and many more cities soon.
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Shaina Perry remembers the punch to her face, blood streaming from a cut over her eye, her backpack with her asthma inhaler, debit card and cell phone stolen and then the laughter.

"They just said 'Oh, white girl bleeds a lot," said Perry, 22, who was attacked at Kilbourn Reservoir Park over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Though Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn noted Tuesday that crime is color blind, he called the Sunday night looting of a convenience store near the park and beatings of a group of people who had gone to the park disturbing, outrageous and barbaric.

Police would not go quite as far as others in connecting the events; Flynn said several youths "might" be involved in both.

"We're not going to let any group of individuals terrorize or bully any of our neighborhoods," said Flynn.

Perry was among several who were injured by a mob they said beat and robbed them and threw full beer bottles while making racial taunts. The injured were white; the attackers were African-American.

Store video of the BP station at E. North Ave. and N. Humboldt Blvd. shows the business being ransacked. A clerk at BP confirmed to the Journal Sentinel that he was busy waiting on customers when one or two people held the door open to let others rush in and steal snacks and candy.

Not far away, a group of 20 to 25 friends from Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood had gathered at the park shortly before midnight to watch some fireworks set off by a neighbor. In interviews with 11 people who said they were attacked or witnessed the attack, a larger group of youths appeared in another section of the park around midnight and were joined by more young people running up the park's stairs.

At some point the group of friends and the group of youths intersected; those interviewed said the attack appeared to be unprovoked.

"I saw people dancing and I figured they were just having a good time," said Jessica Bublitz, 28, who lives in Riverwest.

Minutes later Bublitz saw a male friend hit in the temple and fall down. Her fiancée told her to run to safety. James Zajackowski, 28, said things suddenly turned chaotic.

"Within 30 seconds to a minute, bottles were flying and people started getting punched. I was in shock. I thought 'Really? Is this really happening?' I was on the ground, people were trying to get into my pockets, I could feel their hands but I held on to my cell phone and my wallet," said Zajackowski, a census worker.

Emily Mowrer, 27, was not hurt but saw her friends beaten and punched and full beer bottles thrown at them. Her boyfriend was punched. She saw Perry lying down with blood on her face, not moving. She called 911 on her cell phone.

"I saw some of my friends on the ground getting beat pretty severely. They got away with one of my friend's bikes. Some people had their wallets stolen," said Mowrer, who owns a house with her boyfriend in Riverwest. "It didn't seem like it was a mugging - it seemed like an attack. Like they weren't after anything - just violence."

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 08/15/11 - 05:47 pm
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Crime should be down, the

Crime should be down, the Police Department is doing a great job in catching a lot of the Criminals. I believe they are being a little more PRO-ACTIVE instead of like the RE-Active they were before.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/15/11 - 05:48 pm
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dstewartsr.....as to your

dstewartsr.....as to your 4:59 post 'News to them; not a word on the others on television or in print. Perhaps they don't count... especially for the sheriff's statistics.'
I find it interesting that the only time crime is reported on the southside area where I am is when there are murders. There have been numerous other violent crimes in the area that you wouldn't even know about. It really depends on who it is and the area as to how they choose to report or follow up with it.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 08/15/11 - 05:54 pm
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Citizens in our area should

Citizens in our area should be able to see reports that are turned in in our area. It would be nice to get a heads up that folks in your area are being a target, folks would take more precautions, like telling their neighbors to watch the home for people or vehicle that should be there. The only way I find out, is if someone I know heard about it, and tell me. I know Summerville Neighborhood has its own website that will update their own crimes. We need something for ALL neighborhoods to report the crimes they have.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/15/11 - 05:56 pm
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drivenslow
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drivenslow 08/15/11 - 05:59 pm
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yeah its dropping alright a
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yeah its dropping alright a rape just last night someone ran a stolen truck into a gas station...3 drive by shootings one armed robbery and i know 3 people personally whose houses were buglarized...along with the 6 others i didnt know and this was in one week...oops dont forget about the guy that shot and killed the burglar last week also these stats arent worth the paper they are printed on

drivenslow
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drivenslow 08/15/11 - 06:01 pm
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and i think its pretty safe
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and i think its pretty safe bet to say that county man is a real estate agent or a developer NOONE CHEERLEADS ABOUT THIS CITY LIKE THIS UNLESS HE HAS VESTED INTEREST..........people wont buy nothing if they dont feel safe

drivenslow
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drivenslow 08/15/11 - 06:03 pm
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and by the way they just
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and by the way they just arrested 146 people on drug charges i do believe that would bring the percentage rate up for crime just a tad bit.....but let me guess those numbers didnt get counted

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/15/11 - 06:19 pm
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d'slow: I would imagine if

d'slow: I would imagine if all goes as usual, the arrested --most well known to the justice system-- were back on the streets before the arresting officers. (And, commiting new crimes.)

countyman
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countyman 08/15/11 - 06:57 pm
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Vito45.. There's definitely

Vito45.. There's definitely not an shooting or murder daily in Richmond County. Richmond County had a total of two commercial robberies during the month of April.. The comment bringing up hearing the 'daily reports'' proves my point.. 80% of the crime in the surroundings areas isn't reported.. Richmond County has 200k people compared to the 160k in Aiken and 124k in Columbia County.. Both Richmond County and Aiken County have about the same number of murders in 2011... Plus Aiken County had more aggravated assaults(shootings, stabbings, etc) compared to Richmond County in both 2008 or 2009..

Walrus4ever... The new industry locating to Augusta over the last few years includes Augusta Newsprint $55 million, ADP $40 million, Potash $40 milllion, Bennett International $35 million, T-Mobile $30 million, DSM Chemicals purchasing the former 40 acre Pfizer plant, Costco $17-$22 million, Algae facility $10 million initial investment, ESI, Electrolux $2.5 million, ERS Convergent, Tomberlin Group, American Tire, etc...

Drivenslow... Can you give the address of those crimes?? I have a hard time believing some of your comments.. Last time you said the shooting on 13th avenue happen in the Central Business District.. The avenues is nowhere near the Central Business District. Then on every article published you bring up a list of crimes who supposedly happen along with crimes who were reported in the news. I think you meant to say one drive by and not three.. I know a couple of Richmond County police officers.. I can easily ask them if you're sticking by your comment.. The Chronicle, WRDW, Wagt, etc definitley wouldn't forget to publish three drive bys...

P.S I don't get paid to do anything on the Chronicle...

KSL
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KSL 08/15/11 - 06:55 pm
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Countyman, did Aiken County

Countyman, did Aiken County actually have more assaults or more reported?

And have you checked the size (area) of Aiken County versus the size (area) of Richmond County? Our sheriff's department has quite a large area to patrol.

Rather than preaching to the choir here, who aren't singing the song you want sung, go out and do what was suggested above. Encourage the downtown businesses to hire security.

Oops, small problem if their business is off to start with because people fear going downtown.

countyman
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countyman 08/15/11 - 09:56 pm
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The number of crimes not

The number of crimes not being reported is irrelevant.. Several crimes throughout Aiken County aren't reported either.. When somebody is shot or stabbed they usually report to the hospital.. The land size of Aiken County isn't relevant to the discussion.. North Augusta, Aiken, etc have their own police force..

The only people who fear going downtown are some of the people who don't visit regularly.. They still think the downtown area is comparable to the struggling years. The weekly Saturday Market and Sunday Night Candlelight Jazz Series are very popular events.. I live in the Central Business District and I feel VERY safe.. I have no problem if they decide to build a small precint on Broad.. The lighting/sidewalk/traffic singal project from 13th to 5th street is underway.. The 180-190 cameras along Broad from 13th to 5th starts soon..

The ongoing private construction proves people are flocking downtown... There's nothing in metro Augusta similar to the construction happening soon next to the Augusta common.. Sprint Foods & Metro Market at 851 Broad street includes office space for Sprint Foods and other tenants on the 2nd floor. The first floor includes a restaurant, convenience store, open air seating area, etc... The Lofts at Marbury starts construction this year and includes three new 3 story buildings(Phase 1: 42 loft building, Phase 2: two five unit townhome buildings: rooftop terrace: btw 12th & 13th and Greene & Ellis).

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 08/15/11 - 07:13 pm
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He seems to forget that Aiken
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He seems to forget that Aiken County runs all the way to Lexington. I rarely see the side of Aiken that has the majority of crimes. But I live 5 minutes from the downtown area and 10 minutes from the South Augusta area. If there is a murder in my immediate area I will comment on it. When my house gets broken into 3 times (like it did when I lived in South Augusta) I will comment on my area.

KSL
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KSL 08/15/11 - 07:35 pm
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And why isn't the land size

And why isn't the land size of Aiken County relevant? It most definitely is relevant. Think of tax base. When you have a heavily populated county (Richmond) versus a relatively unpopulated county per square mile, you are going to have a different tax basis. That translates to less money in taxes per square mile. Now do I have to keep going with this or can you figure the rest out?

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Riverman1 08/15/11 - 07:35 pm
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We have a Three Coins in a

We have a Three Coins in a Fountain police department when we need an urban based, community policing effort.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/15/11 - 07:37 pm
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countyman said... The number

countyman said...
The number of crimes not being reported is irrelevant.. Several crimes throughout Aiken County aren't reported either.. When somebody is shot or stabbed they usually report to the hospital.. The land size of Aiken County isn't relevant to the discussion.. North Augusta, Aiken, etc have their own police force..

____# of crimes not reported isn't relevant---landsize doesn't matter----you are so out of touch with reality....driving from one side of the county doesn't matter---covering MORE miles won't matter---so glad you aren't a policeman.

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