Burkville works to relaunch crime watch program

Published 11:18 pm Wednesday, May 25, 2011

By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal

The Burkville Community is taking action to help prevent crime.

Chief Deputy Jamie Martin of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department said the Burkville Community is working to reorganize its neighborhood watch following burglaries “within their community.”

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Julius Davis, a member of the Burkville Community, said residents raised $500 in cash rewards for the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the burglaries, who Martin confirmed remain at large.

Martin said some residents also installed or upgraded security systems.

“By reorganizing the neighborhood watch, residents are assuming some responsibility for the security of the community, and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department is assisting them by increasing patrols in the community,” said Martin.

Davis said this is a “grass roots” effort to show that crime such as this “is not going to be tolerated.”