Cedartown Police Christmas protection

This graphic provided by the City of Cedartown reminds residents to keep valuable items out of view. (Contributed by City of Cedartown)

  • Residents urged to call police to report any unusual activity

Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome has a message for local residents: “You are our eyes and ears. If you see something unusual or suspicious, call us. Your alertness may be the very link we need to solve a crime.”

Newsome issued this statement in conjunction with the holiday season, which unfortunately sees an uptick in crime – mainly theft and entering vehicles. “We want residents to be on the alert and call 9-1-1 if they see something suspicious. I have folks who tell me they didn’t want to ‘bother’ us by calling in something they weren’t sure of. Well, I am here to tell everyone that we’re the police and responding to your calls is our duty,” Newsome said. “Alert citizens oftentimes give us information needed to break a case.”

Newsome also encouraged residents to play a defensive role in the prevention of holiday crime. “I don’t want to be an alarmist or scare folks, but this time of year does see an increase in crime, but there are some common sense approaches that residents can use to lessen their chances of becoming a victim this year,” Newsome explained.

The police chief advised resident to remove all valuables from their vehicle and lock their doors. “Most people, when shopping, will hide bags and things they’ve recently bought. I would suggest not just hiding them, but placing them in the trunk, where they can’t be seen at all. I would also advise residents to lock their doors even when the car is parked in their driveway and certainly remove all valuables – don’t leave them in overnight. The less you can make things attractive for would-be thieves, the better.”

Chief Newsome also wants residents to keep aware of their surroundings when shopping. “If you’re out shopping and feel uneasy about someone or something you see in the parking lot, don’t just brush it off. Go back in the store and alert security or call 9-1-1.”