EDITORIAL: Eyes and ears

CHICKASAW_Journal_BANNERThere have been several stories in your Chickasaw Journal over the past few weeks reporting on crime.

The fights two weeks ago, auto burglaries, theft and a crackdown on juveniles in the City of Houston have grabbed the headlines.

We want to point out Houston is not in the midst of a crime wave. Okolona, Houlka and even little ole Woodland have their share of crime, too. It’s just the culture we live in today.

But we hope each of those communities realizes it is not just the job of the police chief and patrolman to stop crime.

Law enforcement across Chickasaw County needs your eyes and ears to stop crime.

Too often citizens rant and rave that calling police or the sheriff’s department about a crime doesn’t do any good. We agree there may not be an immediate arrest and the caller may not see someone charged with that particular crime, but not calling guarantees nothing will be done.

We are a nation of laws and law enforcement uses those laws and bits and pieces of information and evidence to build a case and make an arrest. This newspaper urges every lawman in this county to always take their time and make sure the right person is arrested, charged and – if justice demands it – convicted and sentenced.

But their work usually starts with a phone call by a citizen to someone in law enforcement.

Suspicious vehicles with burglars inside can be stopped by police, if someone calls and says they have been spotted on your street.

Drug dealers can be swept from our community and kept away from our children, if parents will call authorities and report suspected drug activity in their neighborhood. We would like to point out nothing gets authorities moving quicker than a parent calling and saying they know who is selling their kid drugs.

A story we ran this spring pointed out 40 percent of teen pregnancies are committed by men over age 20 – a crime that upon conviction can result in a 20-year prison sentence.

The truth is crooks realize quickly when a community is alert and willing to call the cops that it is time to move on and seek easier pickings.

Again it all starts with a phone call.

You are the eyes and ears for local law enforcement in your neighborhood, your city and your community.

So pick up the phone. Call in a tip. Police and sheriff’s deputies need all the help they can get.

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