8:33 PM EDT, May 29, 2012
People are taking back their neighborhood. They're tired of drugs, break-ins, and burglaries.
So neighbors on Huntington Boulevard in northwest Roanoke have started a watch group.
"I watch the neighborhood, sit on the front porch, sit on the side porch," says Bobby Bogle, "You never know I'm there."
Bogle keeps a close eye on pedestrians and cars that drive down Huntington Boulevard in northwest Roanoke. He's a spotter for the new neighborhood watch.
"It's the best thing that's happened here in a very long time," says Bogle.
JoAnn Lynch started the watch two weeks ago.
"When the first neighbor got broke into and she's an elderly lady I just figured we had to do something," says Lynch.
Huntington Boulevard is usually a quiet neighborhood but in the last few weeks it has been targeted by criminals.
"We've had our house broken into twice within like a three week period," says one neighbor who didn't want to give her name.
Tag numbers of suspicious vehicles are written down and given to police. Neighbors also keep track of the people walking down their street which is off Williamson Road.
Lynch and other neighbors have also made a point to be outside more. Their work is paying off.
"The drugs have slowed down, the burglary has absolutely stopped on this street," says Lynch.
Neighbors are also now on a first name basis. The neighborhood watch has brought them closer and safer at the same time.
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