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Police, officials teaching crime prevention
A Glynn County commissioner and the chief of the county police department are teaming up to educate residents of two subdivisions on crime prevention.

After more than 50 burglaries and several methamphetamine busts within the past two years in Fairway Oaks and Country Wood Estates, Commission Chair Mary Hunt decided to call a town hall meeting to tell residents what they can do to reduce the likelihood of becoming prey for criminals. She will be joined by police chief Matt Doering.

Both subdivisions are off Altama Avenue between Chapel Crossing Road and the Altama Connector.

"The best thing is to educate citizens and to get them to help," Hunt said. "Police can't be everywhere all the time."

Doering has already started the process, having mailed out 320 informational brochures advising residents in the subdivisions to be vigilant.

Doering said he often tells people they can prevent crime by being observant.

"This time I wanted to expand on that," he said.

Doering hopes residents will attend the meeting and learn how to be proactive by monitoring suspicious activity.

Creating a neighborhood watch is a good start to combating crime, he said.

"The key thing to a neighborhood watch is knowing who your neighbor is," Doering said.

"Typically neighborhood watches are founded after something bad happens. I want to promote the idea of forming them before something happens."

The police-provided brochure includes specific things to look for that may indicate methamphetamine activity or a burglary that's about to happen or in progress.

It's the first time Doering has printed information to mail to residents.

He hopes combining a town hall meeting with the informational brochure will get citizens thinking proactively about what they can do to prevent crime.

* Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other local topics. Contact him at mhall@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 320.



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