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Commissioners consider adding more downtown security after beating

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Augusta Commissioners are trying to find ways to make downtown safer after a couple was robbed and brutally beaten with baseball bats on the Riverwalk a few days ago.

During Tuesday evening's commission meeting, Mary Davis, the district three commissioner, said making the area safer is what was on everyone's mind.

Fred Russell, the city administrator, says he's looking into increasing foot patrols and adding security cameras and lighting.

He says in three weeks he will give Commissioners options they can pursue to make the area safer. But they don't all agree on what should be done.

District four Commissioner Alvin Mason said, "We have a societal issue, you can put all the cameras and all the policemen in a certain area that you want; but if people are more or less hell bent on doing damage or causing trouble that's what they're going to do."

"It needs to be brighter, it needs to be safer, it needs to be some type of surveillance and again hopefully some more police presence. So we're going to get the appropriate people to the table and find the best solution to this," said Davis.

Commissioner Marion Williams says the thick vegetation along the Riverwalk could pose a problem. He says right now people who intend to do others harm have many places to hide from lights and cameras.

Commissioners are planning to walk the Riverwalk soon so they can see where vegetation needs to be cut back and where they could install cameras. They also plan to meet with the Sheriff to get his take on how to improve downtown safety.


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