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Crime watch group forms in Evansville

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - If you ask Tom Littlepage or Terry Boland what their neighborhood was like years ago, they'd tell you it was

a fine place to raise a family.

Today, they say it's a very different story.

"This past week we just had a garage broken into, and a bike taken at 7 a.m.," said Littlepage.

"Couple weeks ago someone went thought my truck, went through all my stuff, and I had my shed broken into," said Boland.  "The locks were cut off."

Littlepage says crime used to be sporadic.  Once his neighbors figured out that the crime was organized, they decided to organize themselves.

Littlepage formed a neighborhood watch committee. They have started a Facebook page to make a record of crimes in the area, installed better street lighting, and even do walking patrols.

Boland says, "You get to know your neighbors so you're not by yourself and that's what it used to be like. Things have changed so we're trying to get back to the way it was."

The watch group has joined an even larger group, called United Neighborhoods of Evansville, or UNOE. 

Now, there are around 50 watch groups in the city.

Littlepage says they are taking back their streets one neighbor at a time, hoping for a safer Evansville.

"If everybody would just watch, you've got a tremendous force there because you know who should be there and who shouldn't be," said Monte Jones with UNOE.

Evansville Police say the more eyes the better, as long as residents put their safety first.

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