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Pitt County deputies, neighbors combating crime through environmental design

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People in Pitt County are combating crime through environmental design.

On Sunday officers from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and people living in the Woodmoor Subdivision teamed up to clean up the neighborhood.

The area is highly secluded and has become a hot spot for criminal activity.

The neighborhood watch group hopes by clearing paths and trimming overgrown bushes, criminals will steer clear.

 “There's been several break-ins, unfortunately, and we live in a neighborhood surrounded by a horse trail so there’s a fairly easy way to get out of the neighborhood if you want. We're trying to deter anyone coming in here and make it more visible,” said neighbor, Deborah Ward.

“Most of the time you'll find that hanging out and littering and maybe underage drinking, that kind of stuff, leads to other things. So what we're hoping to do is reduce all the other activity by cleaning up this cul-de-sac,” said Lt. Kip Gaskins, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.

Pitt County inmates were also out cleaning up the neighborhood on Saturday.

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