Police across country building relationships to solve crime


A vandalism spree in the South Hills area of Charleston is not the first, according to neighbors here.

"It seems to be a corridor for vandals," says Thom Worlledge, whose home and car were vandalized for a second time over this past weekend. "We pick up trash in our yard all the time."

Nearby, Haley Claudio and her friends tell us they recently spoke with police about the vandalism.

"Eight girls, we were all saying bye for college, and um, he just talked to us, and we were all just telling him what we had heard and stuff," says the 18-year-old on a break from her run down Smith Street. 

Charleston police say they want more relationships like this one in the city, so the National Night Out is very important to them.

"You gotta get out of your police car.  You gotta go talk to people," says Sgt. George Henderson, the Community Services Commander for Charleston police.

Sgt. Henderson says this is the kind of police work that solves and prevents crime.

"We're a large metropolitan area, but we have a small-town mentality here in Charleston, and as long as we can keep a good relationship with the citizens of Charleston, we'll be able to solve a lot of crimes, and keep everybody safe," says Henderson.

"I think it's better if you're on a friendly basis with the community," says Ms. Claudio. "They'll want to tell you more."

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