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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Some Paragould residents are looking to start up a Neighborhood Watch program to deter criminal activity in their part of town.

"I've lived in my neighborhood for two years and I'm at my wits end with the criminal activity over there," Charlene Wilson, who lives on the east side of town, told Region 8 News.

She said she knows her neighbors, who have lived in the neighborhood for much longer than she has, are frustrated with criminal activity too.

"It's everything from a code enforcement type thing, where people have just had their property dilapidate, to shootings and stabbings over there," Wilson said.

That's why she set up a meeting with Paragould Police to get the ball rolling.

"A lot of our crimes are solved with people calling in saying 'hey, this is out of the ordinary,'" Cpl. Brad Snyder with PPD told Region 8 News.

Snyder said these programs have popped up in town before, but as it is citizen driven, it's up to them to keep it going.

"They have a vested interest in what goes on in their neighborhoods and so them participating and being those extra eyes for us, it's a win-win for everybody," Snyder said.

Snyder and Cpl. Jack Hailey stressed to those in attendance, that this is a watch group, not a vigilante group.

"You guys see it and call us. Don't take action," Snyder explained.

Wilson is hoping that by banding together to watch and contact police if something is suspicious that her neighborhood will become safer.

"I know several other people who've lived there for 20-plus years and now have their house on the market because they feel that nothing will be done," Wilson explained. "I know they don't want to move so I'm hoping that'll be motivation for them to get involved and stay involved."

She said she hopes other neighborhoods get involved too.

"Stand up and start saying no more and put an end to the criminal activity in their area."

Wilson said in two weeks, she will hold the next meeting with those who are serious about being a part of the Neighborhood Watch program.

Snyder said if you wish to do the same thing in your neighborhood and wish for police to explain what a Neighborhood Watch program consists of, you can contact the police department.

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