By Dedra Cordle
Residents in Pleasant Township are fed up with reoccurring theft.
At the Sept. 24 board of trustees meeting, residents discussed a recent rash of vehicle thefts along Riebel Road and wondered whether this recent uptick in criminal activity was going to be an indicator of things to come for the fall.
Trustee Edward Sheets said he does not believe it is, but admits that there is a problem in that area.
“The northwest quadrant of the township is getting hit a lot right now,” Sheets said.
Even though only a few thefts were reported so far, there were rumblings at the meeting that as many as 14 thefts went unreported.
Lou Luther, Pleasant Township resident and founder of the township’s neighborhood watch, stressed the importance of reporting all crime to the authorities. Residents can do so online at www.sheriff.franklincountyohio.gov or by calling the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 525-3333.
Vehicle thefts are common, but there are a few ways to protect your belongings from would-be criminals.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that vehicle owners close and lock all doors when they park, never leave valuables in the vehicle, especially in plain sight, invest in an audible devise such as an alarm to deter thieves, and remember to take your keys with you and not leave it in or on the car.
Scare on the Square
On Oct. 19, the town of Georgesville will play host to an event called Scare on the Square.
Children are encouraged to dress in their Halloween best and experience all of the spooks and scares that Georgesville has to offer.
The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and will include other activities such as pony rides and games. Food will also be sold at the event, although chili will be the main dish.
The township’s annual fall cleanup will take place on Oct. 18 and 19. The times for both days are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to bring their unwanted appliances, tires and other un-useful household goods to the fire department, located at 5373 Norton Road, free of charge. Items that will not be accepted during the cleanup are hazardous materials, car batteries, paint and yard waste. The township asks that residents disposing of tires to limit the number to five.