Laurel Brooks takes back their neighborhood

December 11, 2007

Lee County -- You can't get too far into this neighborhood without seeing a neighborhood watch sign.

"This particular group has been meeting for two years now. And we meet every three months," said Deputy Dennis Parker.

Those living here get together with one goal in mind. "It takes a team, it takes a team. Its not just one person or two," said Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Rick Turner.

"The law enforcement can do everything themselves. We have to rely on citizens to help us," said Parker.

And that is exactly what they do. They discuss any issues affecting their streets. "Most of them are simple problems such as barking dogs or the trash cans not being put in the right place," said Parker. 

But its communicating about the little things that will help prevent the big ones from happening.

"If you see something going on whether, it's a small deal or not, you should at least try to communicate and see what is going on," said Kristi Bothwell.

"Anytime you can prevent any type of crime that helps. We don't hardly have any problems out there now that the neighborhood watch has started up," said Lee County Sheriff Harold Breeden. 

Most importantly it helps get people talking. "Some people don't even know who their neighbors are," said Turner.

"Our neighborhood is growing to get to know one another," said Bothwell. They start strong relationships that will help keep their neighborhood tough against crime.

Lee county has eight neighborhood watch programs throughout the county. If you'd like to start one call the sheriff's office for help.