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Text messaging and 'real-time crime fighting'

Tool lets residents alert each other of break-ins as soon as they happen

By Steve Visser
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ELLENWOOD, Ga. — A proverb says it takes a village to raise a child. Michelle McClearn says it also takes a village to catch a thief. Sometimes, she says, they are one and the same.

The Riverwalk Estates homeowner association president said a youthful burglary ring has plagued her neighborhood in Ellenwood. Neighbors suspected at least one local teen was involved and the other thieves scoped out the homes by befriending children who lived in them.

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