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Sharptown Residents Taking New Precautions After Incidents

Posted: 07/27/2017 19:23:00 -04:00 Updated:
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SHARPTOWN, Md.- Following recent convictions related to crimes committed in Sharptown, Maryland, people there are expressing concerns about their safety.

Mary Jane Marine has lived in Sharptown for a very long time. In all her years she says she recalls one incident.

"The convenience store in the past has been robbed, but it's been a long time. We're very fortunate we really are," she said.

Safety in Sharptown is not just felt by those who have always called it home.

Shannon Rathel recently moved to Sharptown and says she feels relieved.

"I feel safe here in Sharptown. It's safer than where I was previously. There's not as much crime here, most people know each other and everyone's friendly," she said.

Even though most people feel safe, others, have changed their everyday habits.

Bonnie Abner works directly in front of the Hebron Savings Bank that was robbed twice in 2014.

She says witnessing the robberies gave her a wake up call.

"It used to be, I would fall asleep at night and I could leave my door open and not worry about it. Now, since the bank robbery, I don't even keep my office door unlocked, I keep it locked, and you have to knock to come in," she said.

A year ago yesterday, Cherry Beach Park was the scene of a drug deal gone wrong.

But people today were enjoying themselves, swimming in the river, and did not seem distracted by the fear of crime. 

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office asks all people of remain alert and aware of their surroundings to avoid being the victims of a crime, most importantly, if you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately. 



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