South Lubbock community bands together to fight neighborhood crime

Published: Jul. 3, 2015 at 2:59 AM CDT|Updated: Jan. 1, 2016 at 4:16 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Years of crime and vandalism brought a South Lubbock community together Thursday night. Residents living along 77th and 78th Street in the Cedar Meadows neighborhood met with city leaders to address the growing number of thefts, disturbances and safety concerns in their area.

Melissa Willson says her home feels more like a target. Her three-year-old daughter's window has been broken by rocks and what she and her husband believe to be BB gun pellets three times.

"It's scary and it makes me angry," Willson said. "We don't know if she's going to be safe sleeping on the other side of this window.

A few houses down the street, Dianne Book recently became a victim of theft.

"I noticed that our fan was gone and I went looking all over the garage and then I noticed that our vacuum cleaner was on the other side of the garage," Book said.

Tonight, several of Willson and Book's neighbors chimed in – sharing reports of dumpster diving, damaged property, and suspicious activity from people coming through the same access point.

This string of crimes span through two streets and two blocks. Residents are tracing them back to a nearby mobile home. While there are no formal reports stating that all the perpetrators live there, residents are noticing a trend.

"We've had other neighbors who have had similar incidents similar to ours," Willson said. "We've watched people take stolen goods directly back to the mobile home park."

Together, with the help of police and code enforcement, neighbors are exchanging contact information, organizing a watch and coming up with an action plan.

"By them coming together, it's going to allow them to come up with specific problems and it's going to allow some brainstorming as to how they're going to address those problems," Sgt. Jason Lewis said.

While this neighborhood remains on edge, residents here are taking comfort in each other.

"It makes me comfortable in our own neighborhood because they will call each other and they will call the police and let us know what's going on,"

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