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Stay vigilant

Published October 05. 2009 02:55PM

Recently in one town, eggs were tossed at houses.

There have been a rash of burglaries reported in other areas, both at businesses and private residences.

Although police are doing their best to apprehend the individuals responsible for these and other acts, they require help from citizens. Even the most skilled CSI investigators can't solve crime without assistance from concerned witnesses.

Halloween is just a month away. It's the season for pranksters to behave at their worse, often damaging property.

Keep an eye open for illegal activity in your neighborhood.

Too often today people don't want to get involved because of fear, apathy or other reasons. This only enboldens those doing wrong deeds to continue their antics.

Criminals love neighborhoods where nobody wants to get involved. However, those who choose to look the other way often end up becoming victims.

Especially vulnerable are senior citizens - elderly individuals who live alone, have limited mobility, or who are by nature more trusting than they should be. They are prime targets for vandals, con artists, burglars, and other criminals.

Help keep your neighbors safer by showing a willingness to become involved. Report unusual and disrespectful actions to police. Try to get license numbers or descriptions. Be willing to testify. Be stronger than the punks who use the darkness of night to prey on the weak and the defenseless to commit their crimes.

Only by taking a stand can neighborhoods become safer.

Watch out for yourselves, but also watch out for your neighbors. We live in small towns where people take care of each other. Don't renege on that responsibility.

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