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Clinton to build barrier to help prevent crime

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Shaw Road is the dividing line between Clinton and Jackson. Shaw Road is the dividing line between Clinton and Jackson.
CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In a few weeks, Eastside Drive's access to Shaw Road in Clinton will close. Shaw Road is the dividing line between Clinton and Jackson.

Clinton city leaders approved the plan this week, in part, to help reduce crime in the area.

Ward 6 Alderman Mike Cashion lives in the subdivision and created the plan after talking with residents.

"Overwhelming support. They realize to, this isn't going to be a cure all. This isn't gonna stop everything but it is a great first step," Cashion said.  

The city has seen a slight increase in crime, according to Cashion.

Homeowner Jim Coker's home was broken into several months ago, and he supports closing Eastside Drive. Several of his neighbors have also been burglarized. 

"Just since the day before Thanksgiving, when our house was broken into, I've lost track of how many but it's up around eight to a dozen," Coker said.

Some believe some of the criminal element is not all from Clinton.

"From what I understand, a large part of it is traffic coming in from Jackson," Coker said. 

Cashion says the barrier is for anyone who wants to commit a crime in the Easthaven subdivision.

"I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a Berlin Wall. It is, all we're trying to do is close the street to reduce assess into the subdivision...that simple," explained Cashion.  

There are still five entrance and exit points in the neighborhood.

Cashion says the closure won't prevent all crime, but it is part of a larger plan. 

"We've approved overtime for the police department. So, we've stepped up patrols in the Easthaven subdivision. We've bought more security cameras and surveillance cameras which are strategically mounted not just throughout this neighborhood but other places in the city as well," explained Cashion.

It's a plan he believes will work.

"We're gonna take the appropriate steps to nip this in the bud and maintain that perception, that image, and the reality of us being a safe city," said Cashion.

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