Garbage Guys Fighting Crime
They come to your home and take your stuff away, and no. Despite a dramatic rise in robberies in alachua county, we're not talking about thieves. They are sanitation workers who are being recruited to help fight the growing burglary problem.
He knows what you value by what you throw away. To your garbage man, the trash tells all. "people throw away grills, you can tell they grill alot," says EWS driver Clayton Wygant. EWS is the waste company that holds the city of Gainesville and alachua county contracts. "We see over 55,000 homes on a weekly basis," says EWS territory manager Robert Daly. With ten years on the job, Wygant says he's made a lot of friends, "we're always in the neighborhood, every week, the same route." It's these neighborhood friends that EWS drivers are now working to protect. With the help of the county sheriff's office, drivers are being trained in crime prevention. Deputies are briefing sanitation workers on what to look for. Daly says deputies are, "teaching them what to look for, reference to like a broken glass, people stalking houses, what's not ordinary, what it should look like, just different things and how to report it properly and promptly."
EWS has 75 people on the streets every day, that's 150 extra pairs of eyes helping to make sure this is a safer community; and the help is needed. The proof is in the numbers. The robbery rate is so high in Alachua county, that there could be 300 robberies more this year than last. "We can see things that normally the neighbors probably couldn't see...like if someone is trying to break in the house," says Wygant.
"Who else knows your house better besides the garbage people and the mail man?" says Daly. Garbage people like Wygant know what you value, and the treasures that never become trash.
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