CLINTON, MS (WLBT) - The government shutdown continues as President Trump stands firm on securing money for a wall on the Mexican border.
Years ago, the City of Clinton took their own border security measures to protect a neighborhood.
For the last six years, Eastside Drive at Shaw Road has been blocked by this fence.
The city closed the road over security concerns from residents.
“At the time, we were having a slate of home burglaries while people were gone," said Alderman Mich Cashion. "We shut this exit to Shaw Road because it was an easy way for the folks to get out of the neighborhood.”
The fence went up and residents say the crime went down.
“Once they blocked it off, it pretty much has helped," said resident Shenitta Bankhead. "I haven’t heard recently of other property crimes; like people with car break-ins or things of that nature, people stealing things out of their yard, or home break-ins.”
“It has worked, yes," said Cashion. “We saw an immediate decrease in the number of home burglaries and thefts and it stayed that way.”
Residents say the neighborhood is quiet and with the street blocked, it has also cut down on unwanted traffic in the area.
City officials say it was inexpensive to install and has paid off when it comes to protecting residents' properties.