Wilson Rd. neighbors want street lights

Imagine the street you live on without any lights.

That's what neighbors on Wilson Road off Eisenhower Parkway say they have to deal with.

"It's getting bad. We need help, we need street lights," Shirley Adams, a neighbor, said.

No lights means more crime and break-ins in what they say was once a pleasant neighborhood.

"It's not safe, it's a bad neighborhood. They've had 4 break-ins I know of in the past 3 weeks," Adams said.

Adams started living in her home on Wilson Road nearly two decades ago.

Her mother-in-law, who lives next door, moved in 56 years ago.

In 2010, someone stole Adams' car and the items inside.

She says replacing the tools, a car jack and car seats cost her more than $4,600.

She then shelled out nearly $300 to install a highly sensitive alarm system for her car.

"I wanted it to be extremely sensitive. It'll go off if a bird hits it," Adams said.

On Monday, she says someone tried to break into her car again.

"What we're concerned about is our safety. You can replace a car, you can replace a home. You can't replace a life," Adams said.

The answer is street lights, Wilson Road neighbors say.

They're petitioning Macon-Bibb's County Commission to get them installed.

"There's 40 houses on this road. I got 36 names," Adams said.

Because when the sun goes down, neighbors say that's when the criminals come out.

"If it wasn't for the dogs barking, we'd never know if anyone was around," Adams said.

"Crooks don't like lights. They really don't. I think that would really help, it would've caused some of these break-ins not to happen," Greg Smith, another neighbor, said.

Smith's house was broken into a few weeks ago.

"They stole a 40-inch TV, a laptop that had a lot of my family photos in it, and a small hard drive," Smith said.

He says the Sheriff's Office needs to put out a reward to encourage people to come forward with information.

For those who live here, getting the street well-lit is now beyond a convenience, it's essential.

"We need street lights. You don't know if they're toting a gun or a knife. I don't trust nobody no more," Adams said.

When it comes to their safety, street lights are a small price to pay.

Assistant county manager Charles Coney says the county is looking into how much street lights would cost and how likely it is the neighborhood will get them.

A few neighbors had Georgia Power install a single street light onto their lawns.

LaVerne Gregory says she pays $15 a month for the street light on her lawn.

She had it installed six months ago after someone broke into her car.

"They haven't done it since we put up the street light. They'll definitely help," Gregory said.

Anyone with information on the break-ins is asked to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

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