Several residents in the Old Fourth Ward say they're tired of watching a recent crime spree in their neighborhood worsen, and have come together with a plan to help police track down the suspects.
"I think what these folks (the crooks) need to know is we are not afraid. This is a close-knit community," said Andy Lord, who lives on Hogue Street, near where the home burglaries have been focused. He and his neighbor Kevin Spencer said at least four residents in the area have been broken into this month, and they think they know who's behind it.
"We saw that people were casing out the neighborhood across the last week and a half to 10 days," said Spencer. "It's a group of people who are working together."
He, Lord and other neighbors have agreed to go in on home surveillance systems. Between them, they hope to have every foot of Hogue Street covered with surveillance, to hand over to police in case another crime occurs in the neighborhood.
"For anybody walking up and down the street, they'll be on 24/7," said Spencer.
The cameras cost upward of $500, but several neighbors have agreed to make the investment, he said.
"It's only a matter of time until we can find out who (the crooks) are and what they're doing."
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