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.