A Quiet Southern Town
There is truly nothing quite like a quiet Southern town. To be honest there is nothing like a quiet Northern town or Western town either. Hey, I just like quiet little towns. A place where everyone knows everyone else and there are few secrets. An open, friendly and picturesque little place that just feels like home, everyone loves that. Almost just makes you want to live there doesn’t it?
Where did that go? Is it lost to us forever? Has it now become a fairytale place that we’ve all heard about but we just can’t seem to find? I live in the county on a street where I know everyone that lives on that street. Do we all socialize and have BBQ’s in the summertime passing the days enjoying just being where we are at? Well surprisingly enough we do! Partly because everyone who lives on the street I live on, with a few exceptions, is related to me.
What does this have to do with quiet towns? Everything I say, because a small out of the way street is a town unto itself. I know my neighbors, all of them. Some of them I had to go a bit out of my way to become familiar with, but I took the opportunity to do it.
So if you don’t know your neighbors instead of just throwing up your hand to them as you travel past, stop. When you stop, take the time to introduce yourself to your neighbors. I know that everyone is in a rush these days. Wouldn’t you feel better knowing who lives around you though? I know that when I am not at home someone is watching my house. This is not being done to be nosey or bothersome, but done to keep our neighborhood or our little town safe.
Darlington Police Department has 3-5 patrol officers on duty at any given time depending on the time and the season. Three to five sets of eyes looking out for more than six thousand citizens. How much better would it be if we all looked out for one another?
I challenge you! Find out who your neighbors are so that you can ask the important questions, if something appears to be strange. Picking up the phone and calling the person who lives in your neighborhood when a strange car appears that you know does not belong there can be essential to save someone a lot of misery.
Some items that are stolen can never be replaced. The most important ones are the sanctity and security of being secure in your home. If you want your neighborhood to be safe and secure be a part of making that a reality. Know your neighbors and work together to keep your little bit of paradise just that!
– Daniel Watson, Chief of Police, Darlington, South Carolina
(Feature photo courtesy Darlington Police Department)