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Authorities considering beefing up patrols

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Authorities are beefing up patrols, trying to stop crime before it continues to spread. Authorities are beefing up patrols, trying to stop crime before it continues to spread.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Authorities are beefing up patrols, trying to stop crime before it continues to spread. The sheriff in Columbus County says this is in reaction to burglaries to homes in the area.  

Sheriff Chris Batten says crime comes in waves. He tells us at anytime it's not unusual for one part of the county to experience more crime than another.

Batten tells us since he only has six deputies working at a time in one of the largest geographic counties in the state, he's looking at ways to be more visible in areas bordering Chadbourn. That could include more traffic stops and road blocks. 

Earlier this week, we reported the Williams' family, from Old Stake Rd., decided to sell their house after they say they were burglarized three times in the last year. Batten believes he could justify bringing deputies in on their off days to work overtime. 

"It seems like Chadbourn has had a few extra problems quite recently. As well as the police department working the problems within Chadbourn. Sometimes criminal activity spills out into the county. We want to try and make sure the citizens in our jurisdiction are covered," said Batten.

We talked with Randy Williams who told us he's pleased with how the sheriff's office is handling the latest break-in, but his house is still on the market.

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