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      Tift County Neighborhood Watches being implemented as crime response

      Tift County Commissioner Melissa Chevers and Captain Dennis Reese with the Tift County Sheriff's Office have joined forces to implement a Neighborhood Crime Watch on the south side of the county. Reese says crime has definitely been elevating in the county over the past year and they need the help of the citizens to help stop this problem. Chevers believes this area, around South Central Avenue is one of the more dangerous neighborhoods in the area. Chevers says she thinks crime will greatly decrease if the citizens start becoming more active and start being the eyes and the ears of the neighborhood. Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough says he only has about 50 deputies and they can't be everywhere at once, so the residents of this area really need to step up to the plate. Scarbrough says they have Neighborhood Crime Watches in several other neighborhoods and they have already seen a positive impact. For residents interested in joining the watch, Chevers is holding two meetings; the first at 6 PM on May 20th for residents who live on Emerson O. Bynes Avenue to Southern Avenue and the second at 6 PM on May 23rd for residents who live on South Central Avenue to Golden Road.

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