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Bradley County residents on dead end road want more patrols after recent thefts

Dewayne Hicks says he used to feel his property was a lot more secure than it is now, and that's why he installed cameras. (Image: WTVC)

People who work hard for their money say they feel their belongings are less secure than ever before.

Surveillance video shows recorded from a home on Ella Drive in Bradley County show a man and a woman swiping a pressure-washer from a front lawn in Bradley County.

Dewayne Hicks says he used to feel his property was a lot more secure than it is now, and that's why he installed cameras.

Clyde Farmer says he never filed a police report, but a couple months back his tools started going missing.

"I didn't think much about it," he said. "It's not a whole lot of money but I was missing them, so i started locking my garage up- never locked it before."

He says he hasn't had any problems since the doors have been locked.

Hicks is an elected constable in Bradley County who helps law enforcement serve warrants and keep communities safe.

Now, he and his neighbors say there are not enough patrol cars coming down their dead end road on a regular basis.

"If they were patrolling like their paid to do, they could stop a lot of this stuff," Hicks said.

Farmer says, "I'm here every day during the day you don't see them come through here."

Capt. Steve Lawson says the Bradley County Sheriff's deputies are coming down Ella Drive as much as they can.

"We do patrol it," he said. "We patrol all of Bradley County."

Lawson says the office doesn't track general patrols, but whenever a resident asks for extra patrol deputies log when they drive by.

According to a print out of law enforcement's activity on Ella Drive, an officer patrolled the road on August 17, and then 4 days later was there again and made a traffic stop.

"I will get with them and the patrol captain and try to make sure that area sees more patrol cars in their area for a while," Lawson said.

According to the log, the early Tuesday morning thefts are the only ones that have been reported on Ella Drive this year.

Hicks says he has never personally requested extra patrols.

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