Rincon Police seek community partnerships as town grows

Published: Apr. 29, 2018 at 2:27 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2018 at 3:54 PM EDT
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RINCON, GA (WTOC) - Rincon Police now looking for more partnerships throughout the community. As the city continues to grow, officers say so does the chance for crime. They want to make sure residents are aware of ways to keep them and their property safe.

"They'll tell us 'I don't remember it being like this' and then they'll reminisce about the stories when Rincon was a dirt road and a one lane highway," said Sergeant Daniel Thompson.

But the Rincon Police Officer says the town is now a lot more than a dirt road. Throughout the recent years, businesses and neighborhoods have been popping up all over the city.

"Yeah it has changed," Sergeant Thompson says. "We want to be proactive and be ahead of that curb."

Sergeant Thompson says the department is already working to adapt to the growing community.

"The department is absolutely growing and the chief is laying out a plan now for the department to grow to meet that demand."

And just as the police department is adapting to the city's growth, Sergeant Thompson says residents need to as well.

The sergeant says that officers mostly respond to property crime, whether it's theft at a home, a business, or even inside a car.

"Criminals are opportunistic," Sergeant Thompson said. "If there's an opportunity for a crime and it looks easy, they'll take advantage of it."

And officers are ready to teach residents about how not to create those opportunities.

"We're going to show them how easy it is to break into a car or what it even looks like to break into a car at night."

Sergeant Thompson says the department even offers several services to help residents, including home inspections, which can even be done when you're out of town.

"They physically get out of the car. They'll check the house, walk the trash can up to the house, and take their paper up. We have officers who do that and know to do that, because that's a sign that hey I'm not home."

Sergeant Thompson says the more people they can educate about not being easy targets, the less opportunities there will be for crime.

"If a criminal knows it's going to be difficult to commit a crime, he's going to move somewhere else."

For more information on this program, contact the Rincon Police Office here.

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