PERRY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said it is a crime of opportunity.
As the holiday season steadily approaches one neighborhood watch group in the Hazard community is on guard.
Looking out for one another is what founding member Kelton Adams said is the best thing neighbors in Perry County can do to prevent theft.
"Watching out for one other and just getting back to old fashioned values really," said Kelton Adams.
Adams said he understands police officers simply cannot be everywhere.
This is why, he said, their neighborhood watch is on alert.
"If we see something suspicious we're going to report it," Kelton Adams said.
While the neighborhood watch program is fairly new Chief Minor Allen said this group provides a sense of security.
"You know, I'm watching out for my neighbor and my neighbor is watching for me," Allen said.
Allen said it is good to have another set of eyes as the holiday season approaches.
"We see it all the time, you know, vehicles being broken into in parking lots," said Allen. "People shopping from store to store leave items unattended in vehicles."
As a reminder, he said, never make yourself a victim.
"Do not put yourself in any kind of personal jeopardy by trying to stop somebody," said Allen.
Kelton Adams said he hopes their alliance serves as a model for other communities.