CRIMINAL ACTIVITY in the Ohio Valley is on the rise. That is no revelation to any one.
Depressed local economic conditions are a driving force in such a disturbing scenario.
The depressed economy has resulted in fewer jobs and fewer well-paying jobs. Consequently, individuals turn toward illegal activity. At the same time, local law enforcement agencies are dealing with their own budget woes, often times triggering reduce staffing and the cessation of dispatching services.
Add those two factors up and it gives us a breeding ground for more crime.
That has been noted in the past few days with events in Martins Ferry.
Several residence break-ins, attempted break-ins and in-home assaults have been reported, many of the daring variety. Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland and his force are superb in carrying out their respective duties.
But such a rash of activity is difficult to snuff out. It takes a team effort to repel such invasions.
Homeowners, first and foremost, must secure their residences in proper fashion. Security alarms, locks and ample lighting can go a long way in retarding criminals.
Moreover, neighbors need to watch our for each others' homes. Passersby should do the same. Anything out of the norm should be reported to the local authorities immediately.
Martins Ferry is no different than any other local community in respect to battling crime. Other towns have had or will experience similar problems that the Purple City is currently encountering.
Hillary Clinton once said, "it takes a village to raise a child."To stamp out crime, it may take a community.