Hub public meeting focuses on burglaries/door-to-door salesmen

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A rash of burglaries and an increase in the number of aggressive door-to-door salespeople in central and west Hattiesburg prompted concerned residents in the Hub City to meet with city officials Tuesday night. A meeting at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church brought homeowners together with police, city council members and other officials.

They're upset over the number of home and car burglaries that have taken place recently and they say they are plagued by home security salespeople who won't take no for an answer.

Police say several arrests last weekend may solve many of the burglaries and they are advising folks to call police if people repeatedly trespass on their property.

"When suspicions occur, they need to call the police department immediately, so that we can determine whether we have a crime about to be committed, or someone we need to remove from the neighborhoods," said Frazier Bolton, chief of the Hattiesburg Police Department.

Many residents also asked police to increase patrols in their neighborhoods.

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