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"Community organizing" was one of the items on Barack Obama's resume that seemed to endear him to voters last year.

Harrisburg residents aren't padding their resumes, but are trying to organize in order to make a safer, cleaner, more family-friendly neighborhood.

They held a protest march July 4th, and at the time, we said we hoped their effort would turn into a movement. It appears to be -- with a petition now going around the area of downtown Augusta on which citizens promise to be vigilant and report all manners of crime, no matter how supposedly minor.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office can't afford to be overwhelmed with every little thing, but it's an unalloyed good thing that citizens are promising to report crimes. That's what's been needed all along.

The famous "broken windows" theory of policing holds that if a community tolerates buildings with broken windows, it will tolerate minor crimes and if it tolerates minor crimes -- well, you get the idea.

We applaud the area's activism. It's us, not "authorities," who must determine the character of our neighborhoods.

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justus4 07/24/09 - 05:27 am
This story demonstrates the

This story demonstrates the power of informed citizens, who can unite and work to clean up their neighborhood which benefits the entire city. Their effort are honorable and should be supported by other community agencies.

Riverman1 07/24/09 - 05:53 am
Good point about the broken

Good point about the broken windows theory. One of the things New York City did years ago when they started an anti-crime drive was start arresting those who would jump over the subway gates. People don't feel safe when they see laws being openly violated. The recent narcotics crime sweep by the RCSO is a direct result of the Harrisburg activism. The Sheriff feels the heat of those fed-up with crime. Keep it up, folks.

concernednative 07/24/09 - 08:42 am
Community organizing is a

Community organizing is a good thing after all.

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