After Jessica Belfry came to the disturbing realization that the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office were probably never going to catch the thieves that stole approximately $85,000 worth of boat motors from Buckhead Storage, co-owned by Belfry and her husband, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Belfry said in an interview with Richmond Hill 411, “I’m hoping to get all Bryan County and Richmond Hill business owners in this group so that we can share when a crime has occurred. They have the ability to post pictures, share details, etc.
In both cases where we had burglaries against Buckhead Storage, someone had mentioned ‘oh yeah, that same thing happened to xxx business just last week’.
That’s eye opening that people know crime is happening but we have no transparency in our town to help prevent it in the future, let alone connect crimes that are happening.“
The overall goal of this newly created Facebook group is to put all of the business owners together on a single platform. When an incident occurs, an alert can be sent out in the form of a Facebook post. This post will spread rapidly throughout the local business world which can help apprehend suspects sooner.
Belfry cited a recent incident in Savannah. When that happened, the business owners reached out to several other business owners saying “hey, this just happened to us, be on the lookout.” Within a week, the suspect was arrested based solely on word-of-mouth communication between businesses.
If you’re interested in joining this group, you must have a registered business with a brick & mortar location somewhere inside Bryan County.
Here’s the link to the group:
Bryan County Business Community Crime Prevention