A DeKalb County neighborhood has hired private security guards to patrol their streets after they say crime has spiked.
The Rainbow Creek subdivision is located in unincorporated DeKalb County.
On Tuesday, a woman hid in her closet after hearing burglars break into her home. Police found two suspects hiding in her attic when they arrived. They mistakenly shot a 16-year-old hiding in a nearby shed after believing he was a third suspect.
"Crimes are terrible," said Archie Grice, a long-time resident whose car was broken into that same night. "I'm telling you, we've got bad crimes."
DeKalb County police told CBS Atlanta they have increased the number of officers in the area. But residents said they wanted added security so they have hired private patrols.
"If it stops crime, it will be worth it," said Wayne Hussein. "We're not going to let thugs take over our community. We're going to fight."
Henry Lee, who is involved in the neighborhood association, said residents have met with police and their county commissioners to discuss crime prevention.
"We want to have a community that you can feel free to walk around in," said Lee. "We have children and grandchildren here but a lot of folks are afraid."
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Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
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