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Augusta Man Says Neighborhood Crime Is Getting Worse

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An Augusta man is asking for help to put a stop to the crime in his neighborhood. He lives in the Butler Creek Mobile Home Community, which is right off Phinizy Road. And he says the crime has been getting worse there during the last few months.

"When we first moved out here three and a half years ago, my wife and I, it was a quiet community, it was a deal that we felt we couldn't pass up on," Don McIntee says.

McIntee lives in the Butler Creek Mobile Home Community, but he's trying to change that. He recently put his home up for sale because he says the crime in his neighborhood is too much to deal with.

"I want to live in a place that I feel is secure and safe for my wife because I'm out of town a lot," he says.

McIntee says that people are constantly speeding through the area and failing to stop at stop signs. But those are the least of his concerns. He says there have been a lot of car break-ins recently, and even worse, someone broke into his neighbor's house.

"About two weeks ago, his house was vandalized. Severely vandalized. Somebody broke into it. Threw paint all over the floor. Set a fire. He is fortunate it didn't burn it down," he says.

McIntee says something needs to be done, before the crime gets worse.

"We had a hostage situation out here about a year ago. They finally resolved that issue. The guy let go of his hostage and he came out. It was resolved peacefully," he says.

McIntee says the solution to the crime problem is a neighborhood watch program.

"We had a neighborhood watch and residents stopped coming. Management doesn't promote it correctly. You know, they don't notify people. They send out a flier and you know, most of those, like anything else, goes in the garbage," he says.

Because it was after hours, we were unable to get a comment from the property management, but McIntee tells us he spoke with the Sheriff's Office about the crime problem.

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