In recent months, Newscenter 11 has reported on countless robberies and burglaries in and around the Meridian area.
Members of the community have since held meetings and formed groups to try and prevent further crimes from taking place. Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun tells our John Johnson that being involved in neighborhood watch groups and with local schools is a start.
"Somebody might say, how does that help prevent crime," Calhoun says. "A good bit of that crime is perpetrated by juveniles and young adults. Having relationships with those young adults and those juveniles may not stop somebody from committing a crime. But it gives us resources and information to make arrests when individuals do commit crimes."
Calhoun says while officials cannot actually measure the success in fighting crime, he says he knows that by giving people the tools they need to so, nothing but good can come from it.
"One thing's for sure, when a person is a victim, it changes the way their perception of what's going on in their community," he adds. "One of the things that we have been working on and will continue to work on is trying to give the tools that citizens need to not be that victim. Or at least to minimize what might happen to them or someone in their community."