Meridian Neighborhood Gets Active Against Crime

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

During the day, the streets of this area can be kind of quiet. But with concerned residents around, anyone looking to cause trouble will have a hard time remaining undetected.

"We are in the process of taking our neighborhood back," said resident Bill John. "We are not going to let these hoodlums ruin our life, take away our security. We are going to protect ourselves, protect what God has loaned us and do what needs to be done."

About a month ago, residents said 'we've had enough'. After over a dozen break-ins in a matter of days, they formed the neighborhood watch group.

"Sent out a flier around the neighborhood to just a few people, but the night we had our first meeting there were about 60 people there," said resident Nancee Grear."The word kept spreading and that is when we realized there was a real need for a coming together."

And now, the number of break-ins has decreased. These neighbors contribute that to residents paying more attention and to the fact that police have upped their patrols. But they are quick to tell you they believe keeping our neighborhoods safe is a job for everyone.

While the first meeting alone cut down on instances of crime, residents say they aren't quite ready to call it a success story. They say they still have plenty of work to do.

"You have to stay at it," said David Grear. "We had problems ten years ago just getting the watch started. We are going to have to continue."

The Neighborhood Watch meets Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Highland Baptist Church.

Police Chief Lee Shelbourn, Ward 5 Councilman Bobby Smith and others are attending.


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