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Oxford Residents March Against Crime

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Several hundred people joined the march.
OXFORD — This Granville County spot, graced by widestreets and fine old homes, looks like the quintessential quiet Southerntown. But crime has made its way here, just as it has so many otherplaces, and Friday some residents marched in protest.

Residents of the Orange Street neighborhood turned out by the hundredsfor an afternoon march, joining police in the fight against crime andviolence.

In the past year, nine neighborhood watch groups have been established.The police department hopes to get even more up and running.

Officer Kenneth Rickman says small town police departments fight thesame crimes as big city departments do, it's just that there are fewercases because populations are smaller.

Local speakers exhorted the marchers to work with police and to remainvigilant about goings-on in their neighborhoods. One person proclaimed itwas time for "reformation, transformation and restoration."

Oxford police say they have made many drug busts in the area, onlyto see the dealers return. They say they need the community's constantsupport to rid the streets of crime.

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