Meridian, Mississippi No matter where you go in the city of Meridian, people will tell you, the crime has had them a bit on edge recently.
"Yes it has because I've been a victim of a crime," Meridian resident Edward Hopson says.
"Cause I don't like for nobody to get robbed and stuff," Betty Jean Ivory says.
However, there are some who are determined not to let the crime get to them or to alter their lifestyle.
"Well, it doesn't bother me any at all because I had never been into it, you know, around where it had happened," Meridian resident Willie Owenn says.
Regardless of how the residents we talked to seem to feel about the crime at hand, they all seem to agree that Chief Lee's new "See Something, Say Something" program can only help authorities combat the city's ongoing crime problem. Of course, residents will be able to dial a three digit number to report any information about a crime that has been committed without the fear of retaliation. Unlike 911, the caller's number or identity will not be able to be traced.
"It's a good program," Hopson believes. "A very good program. I pray that it goes into effect and I pray for its success."
"Well I mean, you turn it in and it don't bother you after you do it," Owenn says.
Chief Lee says the new program should be ready for use in the near future. He says a hotline number will be announced at that time.