Thomasville Residents Talk About Crime and How it Affects Their Community

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

"The young guy who had killed himself over in Cherokee Lake came through our neighborhood," says Thomasville Resident Kim Simmons.

Simmons remembers the scene vividly. She says it happened in March 2011, right across the street from her home.

Officers say Daniel McGee committed suicide after fleeing the scene of a burglary. What happened that fateful day has brought those in the community closer together.

"If we have anyone strange riding through the neighborhood, we'll call each other," says Simmons.

She says it's reassuring to know her kids can go outside and play, and when they do, she'll feel a sense of security because she knows her neighbors are also keeping a close watch.

Though crime is a fact of life, Thomasville residents say they feel at ease.

James Cantrell has walked this path for over 60 years and says though gang activity and robberies happen every so often, he still feels safe living in the Rose City.

"I think we're fortunate in Thomasville. We do have crime, but it's not to the extent that I hear about in other parts of Georgia," says Cantrell.

Thomasville Police are taking action against crime by hosting an event on the night of Tuesday, August 2nd, called "National Night Out". It's a way to involve residents like Cantrell and Simmons in crime-fighting activities.

The event will be held at Cherokee Lake Park starting at 6 o'clock.

Officers say they're expecting thousands of people to come out and take part.

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