Residents gather for neighborhood watch meeting

  • Friday, July 25, 2014

Steve McDaniel/Independent Officer Steve Meadows of the Moncks Corner Police Department talks to a group of residents at Thursday's neighborhood crime watch meeting at the municipal complex.

Crime was on the minds of concerned residents at Thursday evening’s monthly neighborhood watch meeting with Officer Steve Meadows of the Moncks Corner Police Department.

About two dozen people gathered with Meadows, the department’s neighborhood watch coordinator, and Lt. Mark Fields, patrol division manager, to discuss crime trends in town and some of the surrounding areas.

Meadows said there has been an increase in burglaries and larcenies from last month, but year-to-date numbers are on par with 2013, with a slight decrease in burglaries compared to the same time last year.

Meadows stressed the importance of having extra eyes and ears watching for illegal activity.

“We’re a small department with limited resources, so input from the community helps. We want you to tell us if you see something that doesn’t belong (in your neighborhood).”

But thieves can be very clever, Meadows warned, even if neighbors are diligent. He told the story of a woman whose house was robbed of everything down to the floor coverings in broad daylight.

A neighbor saw a rented truck backed up to the house and a crew emptying it of its contents. One of the thieves came to the neighbor’s door to present a fake business card and tell how the woman had come into a big inheritance and was buying all new furnishings. He even asked the neighbor to watch the house while he and his crew went to lunch.

They never returned and were not caught, Meadows said.

He stressed the importance of calling police even if it is unclear whether or not a crime is being committed.

“Don’t think you’re bothering us with something little,” he said. “Ninety percent of our calls end up being nothing. That’s why we’re here, not just to lock people up, but to make sure you’re safe.”

The neighborhood watch meetings are held monthly at the municipal complex, 118 Carolina Ave. Contact Officer Meadows at 719-7933 or at steve.meadows@twn-mc.com for more information.

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