Columbia citizens work with PD to fight burglaries

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Many Columbia residents are scared and frustrated from all of the burglary incidents throughout the city. A town hall meeting was held last week, in which several citizens expressed their frustrations.

"I don't want to be afraid to take my garbage out to the street," said one citizen.

Columbia police Chief Jim Kinslow asked the citizens to call police for any suspicious activity as soon as they see it. Kinslow said the community has responded well.

"We want the community talking," said Kinslow. "If the community is talking and they are watching out for each other and watching out for their neighbors then that's the best thing that can happen to us."

Although many people are frustrated, Kinslow said the burglaries have decreased since the beginning of the year until now.  So far, three people have been arrested for burglaries.

"It's been a slow down since these people have been in jail, but we've still got some leads that we're following and we that there's still somebody out there," Kinslow added.

Michelle Smith has had 12 bikes stolen over the past three years. Several of her neighbors have been recently burglarized as well.

"It's just very scary to know that whenever someone rings your doorbell you can't go to sleep at night," Smith said. "Everybody in the neighborhood is looking after each other and they have the neighborhood watch going on."

Smith said police have increased their presence in the neighborhood.

Chief Kinslow says his department will continue to fight the burglaries.

"It's all of our concerns and so we are serious about it and we're working on it every day," said Kinslow.

The city plans to hold another town hall.

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