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Belton: High School Students Help Police Fight Crime

BELTON (May 7, 2014) Some Belton High School students pitched in to help police get the word out about how to prevent auto burglaries after a rash of break-ins.

Belton police reached out to the students in the Media Technology class at Belton High School to film and produce a crime prevention message.

"The biggest thing about burglaries is they were mostly preventable by simply taking valuables out of the vehicle, hiding your belongings, and locking your car," said Belton police Detective Richard Kusack.

“Forced entry was not a factor in majority of the car burglaries that we had,” he said.

The students were excited to be able to help.

"It was a great chance to be able to participate in such a kind of a big production for Belton High School," said senior Samantha Waggoner.

“Just to be able to make it known that burglary happens in our area and that we are not in some small little bubble in Belton that it does happen and that people do need to be aware of it."

The project also gave students a chance to put production skills they’ve learned in class to the test.

"We had a lot of fun working with them and it was an interesting experience," said senior Luke McClellan.

Versions of the public service announcement the students created were also produced for police in Nolanville and Morgan's Point and for the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

The students got the message, too.

'Where ever you are you need to make sure that all your valuables are with you and if they are on you keep them concealed," Waggoner said.

"Make sure to be aware of your surroundings, park in lit areas, and stuff like that I feel they should almost teach a class on at the schools because it's just so important for life."

Belton police are hoping to be able to work with the class to produce additional crime prevention videos.


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