ARLINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) — A community meeting was held in a small Vermont town after an uptick in serious crimes.
“What this was, was really kind of a wake-up call for all of us,” Rev. Kathy Clark, of Federated Church of East Arlington, said.
Members of the small, close-knit town of Arlington feel uneasy after recent break-ins and the murder of 81-year-old Helen Jones.
Lt. Thomas McCoy with the Shaftsbury Barracks said there have been seven burglaries this year compared to 18 in 2013.
“Being visible, as far as troopers go, is the best thing we can do to get involved with the children in the school systems,” he said.
Parents also expressed concerns about their children, especially when they walk to and from school.
“Mainly just never knowing when somebody is going to come in your house,” Heather Legacy said. “I have kids that walk through town. We’ve put a stop to that.”
“We don’t know how to protect ourselves,” Margot Page said. “We don’t know what’s going on, and so we’re frightened.”
Police said Jones’s homicide is still under investigation. They’re pushing the message “See something, Say something.”