Neighborhood Watch protects south Augusta residents

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News 12 First at Five, October 2, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ethel Jones is a pioneer in the Green Meadows community. She started the neighborhood's community watch program. She and her husband, Harold, go door-to-door delivering fliers about their next neighborhood meeting.

"You know, in order to have a neighborhood watch program, somebody has got to watch it," says Harold.

So Ethel and Harold make sure all of their neighbors know about the monthly meetings.

"We ask people to volunteer to drive their car and put a sign on their car saying they're Neighborhood Watch people. Their job is actually to deter crime," says Harold.

The Joneses say they can't remember the last time they had crime in their neighborhood, and they say it's partly due to the community watch program. They say people in the community are proud to be a part of it.

"It's a joy to be able to say when you finish -- that tonight I helped watch their neighborhood," says Harold. "We immediately report all suspicious activity to the sheriff's department."

And Sgt. Richard Roundtree appreciates it. He says good community watches help law enforcement keep the CSRA safe.

"We're getting intelligent reports from people daily. Community groups--neighborhood watches--are becoming more involved," says Roundtree.

And the Joneses say that in the Green Meadows neighborhood, they're going to stay in involved.

"What makes me feel so good about it, is it gives us time to meet our neighbors," says Harold.

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