Rising crime in Apple Valley neighborhood

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, September 26, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - A dog might not be able to protect you on Jonathon Circle -- a small street that's had a lot of crime in the past two months.

It's a part of a South Augusta neighborhood called Apple Valley.

"Apple Valley was, in it's heyday, one of the finest neighborhoods in Richmond County," said Sgt. J.R. Compton, who frequently patrols the area.

Willie and Mary Roberts have lived in Apple Valley for almost twenty years. They say a lot has changed.

"During some times past there have been some break-ins going on and we do have people that seem to walk the street a lot," said Mr. Roberts.

The Apple Valley neighborhood has had over 60 crimes since July -- crimes like burglary, forced entry and auto theft.

In fact, on Jonathon Circle alone -- 20 crimes on the 3500 block, 10 on the 3400 block and 3 on the 3300 block.

"Most of the residents over there are generally good folks, but because of where it's located some of the other folks come from other parts of town and break into cars," said Compton.

And with people breaking into cars and a handful of criminal trespassing offenses -- many people have posted 'no trespassing signs' and some are even selling their homes. We even found a mailbox missing.

But the Roberts say -- they aren't going anywhere.

"We always try to treat everybody in such a way that they wouldn't have any reason to bother us," said Mr. Roberts.

And officers are doing their part to straighten out Apple Valley.

"We don't have a lot of time to spend riding neighborhoods, but that is one of the neighborhoods that I try to ride and be visible in to keep crime down as much as possible."

Until something changes -- many people in Apple Valley are depending on pets, no trespassing signs and alarm systems to keep them safe.

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  • by Terry Location: home on Sep 28, 2007 at 06:46 AM
    You can trace a sudden increase in the decline of that neighborhood to the death of Alfaigo Terrell Davis.
  • by Terry Location: home on Sep 28, 2007 at 06:43 AM
    It amazes me that people that fled Apple Valley and Travis Road Hephzibah, because of crime, scoff at my reports that Brookwood and nearby subdivisions which include Shadowood Court and Drive, Pinewood Drive, Hawthorne, Acorn, Sumac Drive, Ridge Road, Thomas Lane, etc. are under seige with criminal activities. Yes, I know a commissioner and a retired State Representative live there, but they are never home, they don't see what goes on and it is generally quiet at the times they come and go. I don't know how they can ignore the symptoms such as abandoned houses and litter, however. All the law-abiding neighbors that have seen and heard, that had the means to do it, have moved, whether they have sold their houses there or not. Some houses have been empty about 5 years. Don't ask me why I don't call the police. I did, and HAD to move because of all the retaliation against us, to protect my family.
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