LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Coming together to stop crime! People in Lexington’s Masterson Station neighborhood gathered for a meeting.
It’s the first step in forming a neighborhood watch.
This comes after a string of break-ins, vandalism, and other crimes this summer.
These very issues were the core of Tuesday’s meeting at the neighborhood's clubhouse where officers stressed that in order to lessen the crime in Masterson Station, there has to be safety in numbers.
“I’m here to tell you that neighborhood watch isn’t reactive, it’s proactive,” said the Lexington Police Crime Prevention Officer.
So far in 2014, there have been four burglaries and nearly twenty reports of car break-ins within the neighborhood.
While these statistics aren't much higher than last year, residents decided it's time to take matters into their own hands by creating a neighborhood watch.
During Tuesday’s meeting, residents stressed how important it is for folks to get involved in neighborhood watch because it takes a lot of eyes and ears to keep a look out for the 2,300 residences in Masterson Station.
“Ideally for a neighborhood watch, a block captain would be responsible for 15-20 homes. We have 2,300 homes in this neighborhood,” one citizen said.
Preventing crime in the area will be a big undertaking but there is one thing the crime prevention specialist stressed.
“If they're not the victim today and they don't want to get involved then they could very easily be involved as the victim tomorrow.”
In order to create a safe environment, they have to create a culture where people recognize the importance of looking out for each other.
Residents hope to have a neighborhood watch meeting once a month.