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Residents urged to join neighborhood watch groups to help deter burglars

A string of burglaries in Springfield has put residents on edge. Now residents are working together in a neighborhood watch program.

Posted: Feb. 8, 2018 6:49 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A string of burglaries in Springfield has put residents on edge. Now, they're working together in a neighborhood watch program to protect themselves against crooks.

The program is volunteer-run. The idea is each resident watches out for their neighbors. They look for everything from scams to more serious crimes. More than 700 residents are part of the program.

The Springfield neighborhood watch program regularly holds meetings at the Springfield Justice Center. If you're interested in joining contact the Springfield Police Department.

 

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KEZI 9 News met with Springfield Police detective Brian Antone, to find out if these neighborhood watch groups really work.

“Absolutely, and I'm glad you asked. Just get outside and get to know your neighbors. Get to know their habits, and who is home, what cars belong there, what people belong there, and more importantly, what people and cars don't belong in your neighborhood,” Antone said.

He said criminals are more likely to stay away from areas where there are neighborhood watch programs.

KEZI also spoke to April Johnson, the Vice President of the neighborhood watch program.

"Neighborhood watch is here because we want our open spaces and our neighborhoods to be kept safe for our children and our elderly, and we want to be able to know that our property is safe when we're not around,” she said.

Anyone can join the Springfield neighborhood watch. They'll hold their next meeting Wednesday, February 21st at the Springfield Justice Center at 6 p.m. If you're interested in joining contact the Springfield Police Department.

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