Crime Watch training helps South Jackson residents maintain low - - Jackson, MS

Crime Watch training helps South Jackson residents maintain low crime in some neighborhoods

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There is a perception of rampant crime in south Jackson, an image some residents are combating by maintaining close relationships and keeping out crime.

Monday night man some attended a Crime Watch Training Session at Wingfield High School where residents learned the tools to remain proactive when it comes to crime.

"If there's something or anything that looks unusual call the police," said South Jackson resident Harriot Expose.

She says that simple advice keeps their neighborhood relatively crime free.

The president of the Woodville Heights Neighborhood Association has lived in the area 15 years.

Expose, a realtor, said contrary to popular belief there is not a lot of crime. The reason, they are a tight knit neighborhood.

"There are a lot of people in neighborhoods who don't even know their neighbors," said Expose. "So you need to know them and know who their family is, who's coming out of the homes and get name".

Tawanda Haley lives off Raymond Road and says she chose her street because it is quiet and filled with long time residents who look out for each other.

"I was kinda skeptical about coming to south Jackson, but it's the best thing that I could have ever done," said Haley. "The best move we could have ever done. I love my neighborhood. It's quiet at 10 o'clock. I know everybody in the house is asleep." 

Both women attended Ward Five Councilman Tyrone Hendrix's Crime Watch Training Session. A follow up to previous meetings on safety and crime.

"Link up with each other and form block captains, to have block captains on each street," said Hendrix. "Just be able to have a communication mechanism to the precinct supervisors or commanders with in these areas. Just to have a direct link to my office. but more importantly to each other. We want to have all eyes in the street and all ears are to the ground".

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department offered information from burglary prevention to establishing communications.

Those living in the area say they will  reach out to renters who many feel don't get involved because they don't have a vested interest in the community but are important to neighborhood stability.

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