More than 100 attend Sargent town hall on crime prevention

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State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, left, and Constable Bill Orton discuss crime prevention in Sargent after recent break-ins.

   In the wake of several recent Sargent area residential and vehicle burglaries, about 100 people attended a crime prevention meeting last week organized by Constable Precinct 6 Bill Orton.
   The gathering included ways to secure houses and property by Sgt. Suzanne Sullivan, with the Bay City Police Department.
   The meeting focus was to raise awareness among Sargent residents and for them to watch not only their property, but their neighbors’ belongings as well, Orton said.
   Other speakers at the Sargent VFD hall were State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, County Judge Nate McDonald, Sheriff Skipper Osborne and constable deputies James Mitchell and Jason Ball.
   Orton stressed at the meeting about the importance of providing accurate information when people do report suspicious activity.
   That’s especially true for social media comments, the constable added.
   “Be sure you’re putting out credible information,” he said.
   Posting inaccurate information online could place blame for a crime on an innocent person or it could hinder an investigation.
   And, Orton stresses, contact his office or the sheriff’s department.
   “You don’t want to confront someone. I can stand behind what I say.”
   There are upsides to the social media, he added, which was proven in Sargent during Hurricane Harvey and during other series of burglaries. 
   It’s also important to communicate with neighbors who aren’t on social media or who don’t have computer access about Sargent developments, he said.
   “Keep neighbors informed especially if they aren’t on social media. 
   “Protect your property and neighbors,” Orton said.
   Orton also told area residents the constable and sheriff’s offices have increased patrols in Sargent.
   “Never hesitate to call in and report any suspicious activity.”

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