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Crime Mapping Tools Cut Crime In Laurens County

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It's a high tech crime crackdown. Deputies in Laurens County say their online crime mapping tool is paying off.

It allows deputies to follow crime trends and stay one step ahead of the crooks 

Robert Anderson is tired of cleaning graffiti off the walls of his store, Wattsville Drugs.  

"Three months ago it was $800 and that's just to paint one side of the building," Anderson said.  

Anderson is not alone. Using a crime mapping tool Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain noticed Wattsville has a high number of vandalism reports and break-ins.

Now the Laurens County Sheriff's Office plans to turn its attention to cleaning up the streets. @

"That's basically what crime mapping does it shows you what's going on so you can apply more resources to a particular area if need be," Chastain said. 

Chastain says there's proof this system works. In January there were more than a dozen burglaries in the south end of Laurens County.

By mapping out the targeted homes, Chastain says deputies were able to predict where the burglars might hit next, and ended up catching the crooks in the act.

"We were able to add extra manpower and overtime officers to come in and work those areas," Chastain said.  

This system not only helps deputies track crime it also has a link where you can report suspicious activity in your neighborhood.  

"The neighborhood can watch out a little better what's going on, and hopefully that will be a big help," Anderson said.  

Anderson hopes he'll notice some changes to the neighborhood he's called home for nearly 3 decades.  

"This area really does need some help, there's some that need more help, but this area definitely needs help," Anderson said.

The Sheriff's office has scheduled a "Community Day" for Wattsville. On Saturday June 8th business owners and residents are asked to come out and help deputies clean up litter and graffiti.

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