Community works to combat crime

Community works to combat crime
One Region 8 neighborhood is taking steps to help make their area safer through a watch group.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - One area neighborhood is taking steps to help make their area safer through a watch group.

Saturday, Jan. 12 was the first in-person meeting for a local neighborhood watch group.

The group started on a Facebook page, but members thought it would be better to try and meet in person after noticing an increase in crime in their area.

“To me, Jonesboro is just out of control. With the theft, the crime, everything that’s going on, I’m afraid for my wife to even get out of the house anymore," said group member Mark Cooper.

Members said the watch group isn’t just limited to their neighborhood though, communities all over Northeast Arkansas are welcome to come to the meetings and share information, to help everyone feel a little safer in their homes.

“This is for everybody in Northeast Arkansas, we’re trying to take our neighborhoods and our cities back,” said Cooper.

Cooper said they already have several people planning to drive around the neighborhood looking out for suspicious activity.

Right now, the group plans to meet once a month at Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church, 1201 Daybreak Drive, Jonesboro.

However, the group does communicate regularly on their Facebook page.

You can also contact Latisha Dowdy at 870-340-9429.

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