Citizens, police work to fight crime wave

Law enforcement officials and private citizens are banding together to fight a crime wave in Delhi.

“We have a big problem going on in Delhi,” resident Sue Junkin said. “Every night there is a break in of some sort.”

Richland Parish Sheriff Charles McDonald acknowledged sending extra deputies to the area north of town to help deal with what appears to be a rash of break-ins.

“Mostly it’s people breaking car windows and taking what they can find,” McDonald said. “There was also a case where a freezer was broken into and they took a lot of meat.”

So far, authorities have been unable to determine if it’s one group of people or an outbreak of random crime.

“We increased out patrols over the weekend,” McDonald said. “We made a lot of traffic stops and took some marijuana off the streets.”

The problem, Junkin said, is that the criminals simply wait until the police have gone before breaking into cars.

“There’s only so much a person can do,” she said. “And as soon as the police leave, they start up again.”

Junkin and other residents are trying to aid police by starting a neighborhood watch.

“It’s just a group of volunteers who go out and walk the streets and keep an eye out for each other,” she said.

McDonald added this is one of the most helpful things citizens can do in combatting crime in their neighborhoods.

“We appreciate help from the neighborhood watch,” McDonald said. “When you can get a lot of people watching and passing on what they see that really helps us out. I’d like to encourage everyone to call 911 and report anything they see so that we can handle it.”

The sheriff’s office is also working to establish a substation in Delhi.

“That way we can have a few units based over there and respond more quickly,” he said.

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