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Connects Against Crime: One Neighborhood Cedar Rapids Neighborhood Helps Another with Crime Fighting

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 10:23 AM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Kathy Potts knows the uphill battle with keeping a neighborhood safe.

"At the Taylor School there's been too many groups of kids meeting from other parts of school wanting to fight," Potts said.  

Responding to that concern, community police vehicles are commonly seen across parts of the neighborhood, but that's only one part.

"One of things that we were interested in doing was the neighborhood watch but we've got to have people come to our monthly meetings," says Potts.  

Right now people aren't doing so and with that said the Taylor Neighborhood is better says Potts. People are aware the neighborhood association is in place. Meanwhile on the Northwest said of town, Cedar Hills has a similar problem, with a twist. In emails to CBS 2 and FOX 28 residents say crime is out of control, they have no local association to fight it and are demanding to know what police are doing about it.

"We ask that people be our eyes and ears and call us when they see suspicious activity," says Lt. Toby Harrison.  

Since the start of the year police have responded to 4193 calls here in the Cedar Hills area, the top offenders are burglary, assault and theft.

Back in the Taylor neighborhood, a similar crime problem prompted them to revive a neighborhood association. Potts says that first step should be taken by the Cedar Hills community, not just relying on the police for solutions.

"They need to start by going to the Cedar Rapids Neighborhood Association and talking to them and they can help them set up an association and go from there," says Potts.  

Building the association is key, Potts says and adds cutting crime depends on local residents getting involved.
Connects Against Crime: One Neighborhood Cedar Rapids Neighborhood Helps Another with Crime Fighting

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