Citizen wants neighborhood watch after number of break-ins

Citizen wants neighborhood watch after number of break-ins

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - After a number of breaking and entering cases on her street, a Paragould woman wants to bring positive change to the neighborhood.

Capri Payne said the neighborhood watch signs you find on her street are simply there to scare away criminals, and it is not working.

Payne lives on West Thompson Street and on Christmas Day she had several things stolen from her backyard including a battery from a 4-wheeler and truck.

This is not the first time she's had to file a police report.

Payne said several weeks ago tools were stolen from their shed. Some of the stolen items were found just a block away on West Mueller Street.

Payne has lived in the area for 3 years, and while she is looking to move, she is tired of worrying about her sons safety and her property.

"My child could not go out on Christmas Day to play with his toys," Payne said. "I mean we have a fenced-in backyard. He should feel safe to do that, but he's not."

In fact, Payne will not let her son walk 2 blocks to his school because she feels it's unsafe.

She wants to start a neighborhood watch program in Paragould.

"I feel the citizens of Paragould, we need to step up and we need to say this is our town, and we aren't going to take this anymore," Payne said.

Payne feels the citizens must act because police are doing everything they can do.

"The police officers have been awesome," Payne said. "Every one of them has said we are so sorry, we are as discouraged as you are. We face this every day, and they are doing as much as they can."

Payne invites anyone interested in helping protect the area to contact her at 870-565-3824.

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