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Sheriff calls on community to help stop crime

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

The Indian Hills neighborhood, in Franklin County, looks quiet and private, but that's not necessarily a good thing.

"Indian Hills has been hit quite a bit in the last year," said Regina Yount, who lives in the subdivision, "They're breaking into cars and they're breaking into houses."

The sheriff's office says they've had multiple crimes reported in the Indian Hills area, and now the neighbors are considering a watch program.

"Well, it would make me feel a little bit secure," stated Yount.

Sheriff Pat Melton, said it's a plan he fully supports, especially with his limited staff already stretched thin.

"Neighbor helping neighbor is the key phrase there, law enforcement can't be everywhere all the time."

There are currently eight watch programs set up across Franklin County, and Sheriff Melton said it's a good thing these nosey neighbors on his side.

"As a result of that we're solving a lot of burglaries," said the sheriff, who added he'd like to see more watch programs start up.

"The message that comes out loud and clear is that the people in this community are tired of crime."

The Oaks Subdivision is rising to the sheriff's call. They are hoping to put a watch group into place in the near future.

"This neighborhood is very close," described Jack O'Nan, "to look out for each other when we are here and when people are gone would make it a much safer area to live in."

The Oaks, like the neighboring Indian Hills, just want to keep the bad guys away from their homes.

"Not so much to catch criminals, but to prevent," explained O'Nan.

While the neighborhood watch would be new for this subdivision, cracking down on crime is not.

"We have a camera. We can capture who is coming and who's going with the time stamped on it, and we were able to help the sheriff's office last year to catch a crook," said John Dade, the developer of The Oaks.

That's what Sheriff Melton enjoys, having eyes and ears open and able to help his deputies stop these crimes before they become a bigger issue.

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