Neighborhood Crime Watch

Angela Bennett has lived in Killearn Lakes for seven years, never even thinking twice about the possibility of becoming the victim of crime at home, but it happened on Monday. Her daughter woke up to find their car stolen.

Angela says, "I don't want other people to be a victim, and if there are things we can do, even if there are things we can do, even just leaving the lights on if the lighting is inadequate, maybe that would help."

There's at least one thing neighborhoods can do to reduce crime, a neighborhood crime watch. The Killearn Lakes Neighborhood Association says it's tried for years, but with little success because of the lack of participation.

Brad Trotman, the executive director of the Killearn Lakes Neighborhood Association, says, “It 100 percent depends on the residents, in their awareness; the Sheriff's Office can only do so much."

Now Trotman says the association is giving the idea of a crime watch another shot.

Jimmy Williams with the Leon County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit says, “Frankly our neighbors and our citizens are our best eyes and ears, and the key to the neighborhood crime watch is neighborhoods, communities working together."

Bennett says she'll be taking part, but for now she just wants her car back. The Sheriff's Office says fewer than half of the neighborhoods in Leon County are part of a neighborhood crime watch. However, deputies tell us the programs are successful.

If you want to participate, all you have to do is call the Sheriff's Office and they'll take it from there. Participation is key.