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Whitemarsh residents increasing security after recent break-in

A recent break-in has island residents on edge again (Source: WTOC) A recent break-in has island residents on edge again (Source: WTOC)
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Residents met with police last week to discuss crime on the islands (Source: WTOC) Residents met with police last week to discuss crime on the islands (Source: WTOC)
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WHITEMARSH ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

Locking down and tightening up—that's what one neighborhood is doing—taking steps to make their homes safer.

This comes after the third break-in on their road this year.

This victim narrowly missed the two men who neighbors say tore through her home while she walked her dog. The recent break-in at the home has neighbors in shock.

"I mean we're on a cul-de-sac in here, and it's just unbelievable that these guys prance around and do stuff like that," said Whitemarsh Island resident Marlon Garrison.

Garrison said his neighbor was walking her dog around the loop in their neighborhood when the thieves struck. The most recent crime marks three on the small street.

"I think what we're going to try to do here is put a gate up or put a camera system in and try to deter some of this stuff that's coming into our neighborhood," said Garrison.

Just last week, frustrated island residents met with police to figure out how they're combating the crime.

Police said they plan to add foot, bike and car patrols.

As it stands now, 80 officers are assigned to the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department’s Islands Precinct. That covers everything east of Waters Avenue to Tybee Island. Five crime suppression officers and six detectives also patrol the area and respond to calls. In addition, they've added six more officers to the Islands Precinct because of the recent break-ins.

"We've never had this many break-in incidents," said island resident Warren Mathieu.

Mathieu has spent nearly five decades on the island.

"We have some occasionally, but it's getting to be a like a weekly occurrence,” said Mathieu.

He was one of hundreds in this room looking for answers last week. The consensus: They have to do their part.

"That's the only way we can get a good response is if you see something, police can be dispatched immediately,” said Mathieu.

"We can point at the police. We can blame it on this and that but the community is going to have to stick together to watch for cars and watch for people and just, if you're not supposed to be in here, 911,” said Garrison.

It’s a tough reality a lot of residents are trying to grasp. 

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