Taking neighborhood watch to the next level
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:38:19 GMT —
Recent break ins and burglaries have residents in one Quincy neighborhood concerned.
Crime seems to be rising and neighbors want it to stop.
They have started a new kind of neighborhood watch program.
"We feel like we live in a very good neighborhood," Paul Pogue said. "We feel like it's safe."
That feeling is slowly changing. Paul Pogue and his wife have lived in the Frese Meadows subdivision for eight and a half years. All has been well until a couple years ago.
That's when small crimes like car break ins, burglaries to garages and more started happening.
A couple of weeks ago, those smaller crimes turned into something bigger. Paul Pogue came home from work one afternoon and realized someone had broken into his house.
"Shock, fear. Are people still in my house. What did they take? Did they ransack everything? Did they do vandalism?" Pogue said.
Now, when Paul and his wife come home, they check out their place more carefully. They have installed a security system, and they, along with a long list of neighbors, are starting a neighborhood watch program.
"Some of the things a Neighborhood Watch does is helps you get to know your neighbors better," Pogue said.
"Some people meet frequently. Some people keep in contact by Facebook nowadays," Kelly Vandermaiden with the Quincy Police Department said.
That's another thing neighbors here are doing. A Facebook page was started a couple of years ago as a way to connect with neighbors and plan a block party. Now it's used primarily for keeping an eye out for one another.
"If somebody sees something that may draw suspicion. In one case, someone saw a car that they don't normally see or felt like they had some suspicion about. They snapped a picture of it, got the license plate number. Then they posted it to Facebook," Pogue said.
Neighbors are now on the lookout for that car. If they see it, they'll call police. Kelly Vandermaiden says that's great. Police say if anyone sees anything suspicious, give them a call. Police would rather investigate something that turns out to be nothing than have to show up when it's too late.
Paul Pogue offers everyone this advice.
Don't get a sense of false security because you feel like you live in a good neighborhood.
He says take pictures and video of all of your belongings.
Write down the serial numbers of your expensive items, and keep those lists somewhere besides your house.
For more information on starting up a Neighborhood Watch Program , contact your local police department.