"My home was burglarized in October 2011 and instead of getting better, things have gotten worse."
That's one reason why Community Activist Betty Lou Jones has taken a very strong stance against the recent spike in crime in the Queen City. While she feels that recent community meetings and the increased number of neighborhood watches is a step in the right direction, she thinks that area law enforcement can do more.
"I had someone go to my neighbors house the other night, a policeman, and he said 'Well you know the criminals have to eat too.' You know that's no way for a police officer to talk to someone in a neighborhood. The police have to have an attitude of we don't want this to happen. We're not going to allow this to happen, and all of these things have to be taken into consideration and have to be taken into our plans."
Her group, "Proactively Protecting our People and Property" is planning a meeting in January, where she says experts will come in and talk about some topics that are very important to reversing the crime trend.
We're going to be talking about ways that citizens can protect themselves. We're going to be talking about how citizens can work with the police department and with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, and doing more proactively."
Jones has one final message for the people committing these acts.
"I want to say 'You better watch out.' We're after you. We're going to get you, and you're going to be sorry for stealing and for robbing and for being a menace to our society. We're not the type of community that's going to put up with this, and we're not going to have it."