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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  • by Cindy Location: Thomasville on Aug 4, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    To "Think about it" - you probably don't think there is a homeless problem in Thomasville either. Enjoy your lunch with a glass of ignorance at Glen Arven.
  • by tipsy in thomas co Location: ochlocknee on Aug 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    good point "think about it" however think about all the stories we dont hear about, for example- thomas county manager gets DUI and still keeps his job. Had that been anybody else- FIRED. Where's this story? Nowhere to be found......THINK ABOUT IT
  • by Think about it on Aug 3, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    There is very little crime in Thomasville and most residents have nothing to worry about. The worry people do have is stimulated by our media. The newspapers and TV newscasts are filled with stories of crimes that occur in other places but we hear about them constantly. Shows like CSI, Nancy Grace and Criminal Minds glorify crime and show vivid and horrible images of violence and perversion 24 hours a day. Movies and video games gloriy violence and thuggery. Our entire American society is fascinated by crime and being a victim of crime - and then we wonder why we don't feel safe. I think I know why.
  • by county Location: t-ville on Aug 2, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    local PD may work closer to the residents in the city. i've never heard a city cop tell someone to " mind your own business " when they witness a possible crime. but, i myself was told to mind my own business when i called about what could have been a crime. as such... county residents, mind your own business if you see something that shouldn't be. you will be the one who gets the friction for sticking your nose in.
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