Councilman Ware responds to Hattiesburg burglary increase

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department reports that since July, there has been an increase in residential burglaries.

These crimes have affected many Hub city neighborhoods including city councilman, Dave Ware's Ward four.

Ware is working to improve the flow of information between the Hattiesburg Police Department and the neighborhoods that have been affected by burglaries.

According to Ware, "What we want to do is make sure that the neighbors and the police get to connect with each other one on one. Also that the concerns of those neighbors are addressed by the police department."

On Tuesday night at Parkway Heights Church, Ware hosted a community forum with Hattiesburg authorities about how they are responding to these crimes.

Ware said several key points were raised including public notification when robberies happen and arrests that have been made. Additionally, a move to make crime arrests available online was addressed as was increased restrictions pertaining to door to door sales people like those from security companies.

The Hattiesburg Police Department has made several arrests in connection with recent Hub City residential burglaries.

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