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Police canvass, better awareness paying off in west Augusta neighborhood

Police look to residents' aid to curb thefts

Sunday, April 7, 2013 6:47 PM
Last updated 10:16 PM
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In the week since police canvassed a west Augusta neighborhood to address a burglary problem, officers said no further incidents have been reported and residents are on high alert.

“They realize they’ve got to be our eyes and ears,” Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew said of the 1,300 residents who live in townhomes and apartments off of West Wheeler Parkway.

The neighborhood has had about 100 break-ins in the past 15 months.

Police said burglars have been breaking in through a back door or window and taking jewelry, small electronics, cash and firearms.

About 60 officers on March 28 went door-to-door and stopped incoming and outgoing traffic to inform residents of the problem and ask them to report suspicious behavior.

“We’ve seen an overwhelming response,” Chew said.

Residents were welcoming to police, he said, and have demonstrated an increased awareness and started reporting suspicious activity to police.

The day after the canvassing, police began receiving tips nearly every day, according to sheriff’s office records. Chew said the tips have not led to any arrests, but there also haven’t been any burglaries since the concentrated police presence.

HELP THE POLICE

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080 or rcsointel@augustaga.gov.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/08/13 - 06:08 am
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Can we deduce something from this experiment?
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Visible police "boots on the ground" are effective. Concentrated visible police boots on the ground is more effective. Why of course it is. The beat cop is older than America.

Parking a bat mobile cruiser in a crime neighborhood does nothing.

Crime is a war on civilized society. You send troops to the war zone.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/08/13 - 06:15 am
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Bayvale Rd area

How about getting some eyes & ears in that area...

tanbaby
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tanbaby 04/08/13 - 07:15 am
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bayvale rd area
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because bayvale road area is not west augusta !!!!! nor is anywhere else in augusta...hence no "concentrated police presence".....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/08/13 - 07:48 am
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Law enforcement in the county

Law enforcement in the county appears to be hitting on all cylinders.

thauch12
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thauch12 04/08/13 - 11:32 am
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No sarcasm intended, but I

No sarcasm intended, but I have to wonder why this works in that part of the city but not in others...

marybookerlemon
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marybookerlemon 04/09/13 - 07:43 am
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NOT SO FAST....

This article was run on Sunday? Why no mention of the break in on Abba Friday (I believe). It HAS NOT stopped and the residents over there are unnerved. Such a nice area to have this problem. If the "head" of the operation lives there it is even worse. The last one was a case where the woman left her home unplanned and was gone 15 minutes when it happened. This has got to be stopped.

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