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Sheriff department asks South Augusta residents to be their eyes and ears

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Augusta community leaders are asking residents in South Augusta to be the eyes and ears of the Sheriff's department to fight crime.   

"Many people say they've taken the neighbor out of neighborhood and it's turned into the hood," said Alvin Mason the District Four Commissioner.

Mason says he organized Wednesday night's community meeting because there needs to be a sense of community instead of crime.

"We've had a wave of crime here in Augusta, Richmond County," Mason, said.  

Two weeks ago investigators found the bodies of Roosevelt and Edna Jones and their son Russell Jones badly burnt in a wooded area in South Augusta. Their son Ryan Jones is charged with their murders.

Mason says the triple homicide prompted him to call the community together so they can reduce crime.

"We can't take this anymore. We can't be afraid to give tips," said Mason.

Michael Thomas says the changes won't happen overnight. He's lived in South Augusta 16 years and he says most residents are affected by the crime.

"Just about everybody has had maybe a break-in or something," Thomas, said.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree says it's not his job to keep the community crime free.

Instead, he says it's his job to provide residents with resources so they know how to report crimes to his office.

Andrew Jefferson is the president of the Quail Hollow Neighborhood Association and he says he's focusing on motivating his neighborhood to join the community policing effort.

"I got on the calling post a couple days ago and urged each and every one of my members to come and take part of this so they can be a part of the solution," said Jefferson.

Roundtree says since he took office, crimes, such as burglaries, are down 30%.

He says the number of rapes are up but he says that's because most rapes typically go unreported. He says the higher numbers show that people are coming forward now.

Roundtree encourages anyone who sees a crime to call (706) 832 1093; the drug tip line is (706) 828-DRUG.

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