Thursday, September 9, 2010
Woodhaven Citizens Patrol President Dr. Samuel McGee and his wife Janice McGee reported the neighborhood watch unit's progress in precinct 3 during Jackson Police Department's weekly crime meeting this morning.
"It's too early to tell if there has been an impact on crime, but the homeowners are very pleased and elated that something is being done," Samuel McGee said about the patrol, which he helped form Aug. 29.
Janice McGee provided department officials with a detailed report on the times residents patrol the area as well as the places targeted. She said the unit has 10 teams, with two members in each team, patrolling the neighborhood in four-hour time blocks.
"We are not advertising these times, but we are giving them to team members to see where we need patrols," she said.
Over Labor Day weekend, a time when property crimes are more likely to occur because many residents are out of town, Jackson saw 226 property crimes for the week of Aug. 30 through Sept. 5, an increase from 212 the week prior, and 224 for the same period last year. The department reported 38 violent crimes, an increase from 31 the week prior.
Total crimes in individual precincts slightly increased, except for precinct 3 which reported 66 property crimes compared to 67 the week prior. Precinct 1 reported 69 total crimes, and increase from 68; Precinct 2 reported 67 total crimes, and increase from 55; Precinct 4 reported 62 crimes, an increase from 53.