2011-10-05 / For The Record

Police aim cameras at trespassing complaints

By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com


Police are using security footage to identify a group of teenagers who skirted the fence at Pecan Grove and trespassed on adjoining property. Police are using security footage to identify a group of teenagers who skirted the fence at Pecan Grove and trespassed on adjoining property. A 10- foot fence hasn’t stopped them but police hope a camera will.

Foot traffic in and out of the Pecan Grove subdivision has triggered numerous complaints and city council visits from residents in the Blakeney Street neighborhood. They’ve described huge groups of teenag- ers and young adults who cut through yards, leave behind litter and openly engage in sex acts in the nearby cemetery.

“They’ve complained constantly of thefts and trespassing,” Waynesboro Police Chief Alfonzo Williams said.

Pecan Grove owners tried to head off the problems by installing of a $20,000 fence. That worked, but not for long.

“They’re just finding ways to get around it and dismantle it,” the chief said, noting that much of the traffic appears to be going to and from Magnolia Acres.

But this week officers got their first look at some of the people causing the problems, thanks to cameras that allow officers to monitor the area from any computer, 24 hours a day.

Already, they’re busy converting footage to still-shots and identifying the offenders.

“We want to give them an official warning before we start arresting people for criminal trespass,” Chief Williams said.

The camera also designed to record nighttime footage, and police plan to issue citations to parents whose children are out past curfew.

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