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Beginning Sept. 1, residents and business owners in unincorporated areas of Cleveland County shouldn’t be surprised to see an increase of patrol activity. Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputies have collected data and identified locations over the last three months where property crime and vehicle accidents occurred more frequently than other areas of the county. “Operation Vigilant Shepherd” is aimed at reducing burglaries, thefts and traffic collisions in targeted zones. This operation brings additional focus to the northeast and southeast portions of the county. On the north side, deputies will step up patrol efforts in the Pecan Valley area along 192nd Avenue NE. Deputies assigned to the southeast region of the county, will put an extra patrol emphasis on a square region that ranges from 60th Street to 156th Street and Etowah to Slaughterville Road. Residents and business owners in targeted areas will be briefed on the operation. A deputy will be assigned as a point of contact in each section. The deputy will be available around the clock during the operation. Sheriff Joe Lester said residents and business owners should report any suspicious activity they witness immediately to the sheriff’s office. “This operation’s goal is to deter criminal activity in areas identified as higher-crime locations,” Lester said. “The partnership between residents, business owners and deputies is one of the best approaches to preventing crime and makes these areas safer for citizens.” Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be reached at (405) 701-8847.