A crime wave in Quanah is making some residents feel unsafe, and they claim the Hardeman County Sheriff's Office is turning a blind eye to the burglaries and theft in the city.
Brittani Reed, citizen and Quanah business owner, said like many citizens she feels her safety is in jeopardy.
Last summer her home was broken into, and while most people feel secure with law enforcement presence, Reed said in Quanah this is not the case. Reed is not the only one who feels this way. Newschannel 6 received a number of phone calls from concerned residents who said their town which was once a safe place to call home has been taken over by drugs, corruption and theft due to the lack of action taken by the sheriff’s office.
Hardeman County Sheriff Charles Nelson said there has been a lot of burglaries and theft but the sheriff's department is taking action.
“We have a lot of evidence that we've gathered up that we have sent to the DPS crime lab,” said Sheriff Nelson.
He adds these kinds of cases take time and said he does understand the community's fears.
“Yes I'd be scared and upset, but be patient we're doing everything that we can and in the future they'll be more arrests made after we get some more evidence back from the lab,” said Sheriff Nelson.
Yet, some residents said these investigations are not effective and something needs to be done right now.
Others believe they need to take matters into their own hands, and want to create a neighborhood watch and crime stoppers organization.
This is Sheriff Nelson's last term as sheriff of Hardeman County and he said he is doing all he can before he leave his position, adding the next sheriff will have a lot of work ahead of them.