NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A recent rash of armed robberies has a lot of people the area on edge. One local community is taking matters into their own hands.
Those who live in the Crestwood community in New Hanover County are concerned about the safety of their neighborhood after authorities found a home full of drugs and venomous snakes about a month ago.
More than 50 people packed the Ogden Fire Department on Wednesday night for the first community watch meeting organized for the Crestwood community.
Sheriff's deputies say this community watch had more people than they've ever seen.
Deputy Montjoy with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office gave a summary of 911 calls in the Crestwood community, with everything from fights to breaking and entering.
Dalaree Todd says the problems come from teenagers. She brought her own children to the community watch meeting.
"We've been in the neighborhood for five years and it used to be that I could feel perfectly fine about my girls going around the block and that's the neighborhood we want to raise our kids in, but lately, not so much," said Todd.
The Todd family says someone tried to break into their home recently. Todd says it's time to confront the crime and do something to stop it.
"I just know that the kids now-a-days aren't being raised to respect their elders or other people's property," said Todd. "I don't feel like they're being taught any manners or morals anymore."
Todd says she was happy with the turnout from the first community watch meeting. She knows it's going to take a big effort to see a difference.
"It's our neighborhood and we want it back," said Todd.
Some neighbors say they plan to be extremely vigilant moving forward. The community watch group has already scheduled it's next two meetings later this year. They hope to order signs to place throughout the neighborhood – alerting potential crooks that they are being watched.
The next Crestwood community watch meeting is scheduled for October 23.
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