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Wayne Township residents concerned about crime

Updated: Sunday, April 20 2014, 06:30 PM EDT

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio - Wayne Township residents are starting to feel unsafe in their own homes after seeing a number of crimes occurring in the area.
Some have said they don't feel safe without a gun by their side at night.
It started a few months ago when a series of home invasions occurred. Then, during the past few days, a rash of vehicle break-ins took place in Belvedere. On Saturday, the Marathon gas station in Bloomingdale was one of three businesses that were burglarized in the area. The suspect left the store with hundreds of dollars worth of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
With that, a concerned Belvedere resident is one of many who are taking efforts to make their hometown is safe again. She wants to see police patrolling Wayne Township.
"These people are escalating; they're going to kill somebody if somebody doesn't do something or they are going to be killed because somebody is going to take matters into their own hands," Belvedere resident Kristeen Good said. "You walk into somebody's house, every one of these people in this neighborhood I can guarantee you have their fire arms locked and loaded."
Good was born and raised in Belvedere. It's where her roots are, but the way she looks at her home changed after her own home was broken into during a rash of home invasions in September.
She was home alone with her three children and they took a number of valuable possessions, including firearms.
Just days ago, her car was broken into, along with other neighbors.
"There is raised concern in the community now as I've talked to my neighbors in the last two days," Good said. "Everybody is up in arms and everybody kind of wants to take matters into their own hands. I think that we should (have) a positive outlook and come together as a community in these tough times."
Good is starting a petition in hopes of implementing a full-time police force for Wayne Township.
"To try to restore safety and security to our children," she said. "I talked to my neighbor -- she has three children under the age of 8 -- they were afraid to go to sleep last night."
Good said she is tired of living in fear and wants to see the community band together.
"I paced my floors until 4'oclock in the morning last night because I was home by myself," Good said. "This neighborhood needs something; we need police in our neighborhood. We need to see them during the day; we need to know that our children are safe at night."


Wayne Township residents concerned about crime


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