Lifelong Springfield resident Adelia Kord has lived in her Liberty Heights neighborhood home for the majority of her life.
Outside the home was a poodle statue.
"It was a white poodle with a red collar standing on four legs about 2 feet tall," described Kord.
For 44 years that 2-foot tall statue stood guard at the front door. That is up until recently when Kord went into her front lawn and noticed it was gone.
"I was just devastated,"explained Kord.
Someone jumped over her fence and took the 75-pound statue from Kord's front steps.
She said the statue was made of cement so it's not worth much except for the sentimental value she holds to her heart.
"I just hope they return it," said Kord.
Her other lawn ornaments sit tied and locked up so they too won't be taken.
"Everything is chained up and secured with cables. Is that the way to live?" asked Kord.
She isn't the only resident in this neighborhood to have noticed the rise in crime activity.
Security signs now line the streets in an effort to prevent any more residents from becoming victims like Kord.
Resident Sean Connor is at the front of that effort.
"Nobody should have to live in their own neighborhood and be in fear," said Connor.
Known as the neighborhood "Batman", Connor, along with fellow resident and Hampden County Corrections Officer Cortez Debois, started the Glenwood Neighborhood Watch Group to help curve that fear for Kord and other residents.
"We want neighbors to be alert and attentive to what's going on around them," said Debois.
"It's neighbors helping neighbors," said Connor.
They're teaching their neighbors to get involved by keeping an eye out for one another.
"It's everyone just being aware of their surroundings, a situational awareness of them area, know who's who and bring it back to back in the day when everyone was friendly and you'd say hi to your neighbors," explained Connor.
As for Kord, she said anyone who has her statue can leave it in the driveway, no questions asked.
Connor created this Facebook page to help Kord and other residents find missing property.
The Glenwood Neighborhood Watch Group meets the second Tuesday of every month.
If you have any information on the missing statue, or if you would like to know more about getting involved with the watch group, you can contact their 24-hour hotline at 413-233-6519 or email them at email@example.com.
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