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Deputies Recommend Neighborhood Watch to Fight Crime

Deputies Recommend Neighborhood Watch to Fight Crime

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Neighbors concerned about crime on their streets need to take initiative. That's what deputies with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office recommend. And the more people in town, involved, the better.

It's exactly what the Mayor of Pacolet, Elaine Harris did for her whole town a few years ago. Harris said she was concerned with the crime and drug activity that was happening in the town and she enlisted in the help of Sheriff Chuck Wright and the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office for help. 

 "Lt. Tony Ivey and Lt. Mike Gabriel  and Sheriff Wright spearheaded the effort," Harris explained and sent in deputies to help Pacolet Police reduce crime. Gabriel tells 7 On Your Side that Highway Patrol, Cherokee County and Union County also assisted in the effort, which included conducting license checkpoints at every entrance to the city, issuing warrants and getting drugs off the streets.

"We took over the city of Pacolet for about 24 hours," Gabriel said, " and we put about 100 or so behind bars,".

Lt. Tony Ivey also said starting a neighborhood watch helps rid neighborhoods of crime. Pacolet started a city wide watch which still holds meetings after council meetings Gabriel explained.

"You hate to say it but it's really just about neighbors knowing what's going on and watching when they come and go, what car they drive and who's in their family.  It's safer," said Gabriel.

Roy Ellison said he watched his neighbor's home when they were away in Baltimore.  "We feel safer when we know someone is watching out around the neighborhood," he said. His neighbor Connie Myers agreed.

"We don't just watch Roy's home either, we watch the whole neighborhood for someone who looks suspicious," said Myers.

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