Alert Citizens Helping Quell Crime

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Local authorities are crediting "alert citizens" for some recent burglary busts.

They say these unsung heroes are helping them fight crime, one case at a time.

Houston county authorities busted two burglary suspects on Tuesday and it's all thanks to an alert citizen.

“This is the second incident in the last month or so where we got a call from a neighbor who saw some suspicious activity,” said Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.

“Our citizens are very good about calling in,” said Corporal Rachel David with the Dothan Police Department.

Corporal David says residents who keep a watchful eye on their neighborhood help deter crime.

“Between April 12th and 30th we had three in progress calls that were called in where we arrived on scene and made an arrest right there...because an alert neighbor called in,”

On April 14th, police say they found Hubert Akins entering a home through a window. And on April 23rd, Carlos Martinez Rodriguez was allegedly trying to break into a home

“A neighbor saw something out of the ordinary, they made the call, and the police made the stop,” said Cpl. David.

Area authorities encourage the public that if you see something out of the ordinary, anything, to call them. Your call can remain anonymous and help stop a crime from taking place.

“We don't want to overlook anything that may be something that may help us solve a burglary or any other crime,” said Sheriff Hughes.

“If they see something out of the ordinary and discount it, they may be missing out on an opportunity to help us stop a crime,” added Cpl. David.

Authorities say your help is crucial in the fight against crime.

“If you don't want to get involved because of somebody else, think about it may be you next time, would you want someone to get involved if a crime was being perpetrated against you and your family?” added Sheriff Hughes.

If you're interested in starting a neighborhood watch program in your area, just call the Houston County Sheriff's Office at 677-4848.

A deputy will come to your neighborhood to teach everyone how to prevent crime.

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