James Island residents talk crime prevention during forum with police

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) – More than 60 people attended a meeting on James Island Wednesday night to learn more about how they can prevent burglaries in their area.

A recent string of burglaries on Dills Bluff Road and Relyea Avenue has some residents concerned.

Police officers were on hand to answer questions from the crowd and even gave out their phone numbers and personal e-mails to give citizens more access to law enforcement.

Some residents volunteered to become street captains at the meeting. Street captains will act as liaisons between neighbors and law enforcement on reporting crimes in their neighborhoods.

Police encouraged citizens to keep their eyes and ears open for suspicious activity and encouraged them to report anything out of the ordinary.

"When you see cars that don't belong, call," said Sgt. Trevor Shelor with the Charleston Police Department. "When you hear breaking glass, call. If you hear a loud thud, call. We will figure out what it was."

Other tips police offered were to always lock doors and windows to homes and cars and invest in automatic outdoor lighting.

"We want the police to help us, but they can't do it by themselves," said crime watch organizer Rosemary Saari. "We have to help them."

Police encouraged residents to get to know their neighbors and communicate with them about what is going on in their neighborhoods.

Saari organized the event and said she plans on having crime watch meetings with citizens, police and the James Island city council at least once a month.

No one has been arrested for the burglaries on Dills Bluff Road and Relyea Avenue.

If you have any information that could help police, please call crime stoppers at 554-1111.

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