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Fighting Back: Round Rock Neighborhood Starts Watch Program

Updated: Monday, February 10 2014, 06:38 PM CST

A Round Rock man says a surveillance camera at his home was able to catch a burglar in the act as he stole property from his garage.

It happened in the Round Rock West neighborhood. That's the same neighborhood where burglars ransacked another home and where criminals broke into cars late last year.

Now neighborhood is taking action.

"We don't have a high crime neighborhood, but we want to take it to the next level and approach that 'no crime neighborhood' as best we can," says Mike Freeman, the president of the Greater Round Rock West Neighborhood Association.

To fight back, Freeman, along with several other homeowners, launched a neighborhood watch program.

"We have four committee co-chairs and we have about 20 people who have volunteered to take this thing to the next level," says Freeman.

Signs are ready to go up and an email system is already in place to get the message out.

Freeman says, "The more connected a neighborhood and a community is the safer it is."

The hope is that the signs will not only help deter crime but also remind people who live here to stay vigilant.

"Most of the crimes in this neighborhood are crimes of opportunity, where we have given them an opportunity to get into our cars and our garages. So we want to minimize that and educate people to lock their cars and keep their doors closed," says Freeman.

Round Rock police spokesperson Jennie Lee says they encourage neighborhood watch programs. She says fighting crime is all about a partnership with the community.

"Let's face it, we can't fight crime without the community. They are the eyes and ears of this city," Lee says. "In order to keep Round Rock one of the safest cities in the country we need neighbors to be active."

By Lydia Pantazes

Fighting Back: Round Rock Neighborhood Starts Watch Program

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