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Neighborhood Block Watch Combats Crime

With revitalization a new challenge confronted the neighborhood. In the 1980s, the community suffered through a drug epidemic which lead to various crimes and left many older people in the neighborhood were afraid to come out on their porches.

Many residents didn’t trust the police. To fight the crime, residents formed a neighborhood watch to put the police on notice. After a few years, collaboration with the police and an expansion of the block watch from one street to an area, lead to a reduction in crime and allowed residents to feel safe enough to go back outside.