Neighborhood On Watch
For the past four weeks, deputies with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office have been working hard day and night to make the Swannanoa area safer.
There were several different areas the Community Oriented Problem Solving Team or COPS targeted. Grovemont, Bee Tree Road and Beacon Village were just some of those places more enforcement could be seen.
In all, the COPS team took 33 people to jail during the 30 day period. The number of felony crimes dropped by 37%.
At meeting Tuesday night, residents of Swannanoa told the sheriff they did a good job. However, residents also say they feel more work needs to be done.
Sheriff Van Duncan agrees because of a rash of break-ins that happened over the weekend. Two of the five burglaries happened at homes on Powell Street and Fountain Way near the old Beacon plant. The victims tell News 13 the burglars broke in by cutting through their window screens. Money and jewelry were taken from both homes.
Sheriff Duncan says his team is confident it's just a matter of time before those responsible are also arrested.
The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office is going to work with community members to set up a community watch group. They will be holding a information session with residents on September 19th at the Swannanoa Fire Department on Bee Tree Road.
Click here to see the entire COPS presentation.