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Mayor hoping to add more Neighborhood Watch groups

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After a rash of murders and burglaries in the city of Columbus late last year...neighborhood watch organizations mobilized taking a vow to rid their streets of crime.

Now, Columbus' new mayor Teresa Tomlinson wants to step in, teaming up with people like Columbus Against Drugs president Willie Phillips who wants to work on getting more people throughout the city involved.

"That would be my goal here in 2011 to go and get people involved, let them know if you get involved you can take back your neighborhood," Willie Phillips said.

"What we need to do is take it to the next level, we need to make certain every square inch of Columbus Georgia is in some sort of neighborhood watch organization so that people feel connected so they can find out how people can protect their neighborhood," Mayor Tomlinson said.

According to the mayor, neighborhood watch leaders already meet with the crime prevention director and local law enforcement once a month. Tomlinson hopes, with more of these groups in the city, there will be a decline in crime.  Community leaders in the Edgewood community agree.

"Every neighborhood should have a neighborhood watch, it's very important to have a neighborhood watch in every community, not only in every community but surrounding counties," Isaac Brown said.

"There is no doubt that it is part of the puzzle and if you didn't have it would be a significant omission, so my answer is yes its part of the equations of making certain that we begin to reduce crime," Tomlinson said.

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