Neighbors Meet to Stop Break-Ins

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

The questions came fast and furious, and there were warnings too.

"If you see a young man on a bike," one woman cautioned her neighbors.

The area of concern is Saratoga Farms and Saratoga Woods. Eaton County is investigating as many as 9 break-ins in just 6 weeks there.

Those homeowners were joined though by people from nearby neighborhoods. They say the problem extends out, and over the county line.

The sheriff's office has stepped up patrols in Saratoga Farms and Saratoga Woods. Neighbors are making an effort to be aware of their surroundings.
Don Griffin even called the cops Wednesday after he saw an unmarked car. It turned out to be cops doing surveillance.

"We're one big family. I just wanna do my part. I'm tired of this stuff," Griffin said.

From here, these neighbors have pledged to start a true neighborhood watch. Just knowing each other will help.

"I feel more of a sense of community now," Janeen Chebli said.

They learned at the meeting to call detectives no matter how insignificant their tip. They learned they should not leave keys out in the house. They leanred neighborhood watch signs may help. They learned an audible alarm is best.

They learned also there are a lot of people who do care, and that, some of them say, may turn the tide.

"It's gonna work," says Lucy Gambotto, "We're gonna get our neighborhood back."

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