Neighborhood Watch Stops Crime in Action

BRYANT, Ark.- Proving that it's more than just having a sign up along the street, a Central Arkansas neighborhood watch group springs into action to stop crime. 

A small community of 29 houses, tucked away in Bryant, folks who live in The Arbors say it's like a family. 

Much like a family, everyone knows everybody.

"We know who's coming in, who's going out and who doesn't belong here," says Brenda Partain, who has lived in the Arbors for the last two years. 

This neighborhood watch is no joke.  Just last week, some unsuspecting thieves learned that the hard way. 

"There was a car down [the street], somebody was getting out and there was a girl walking," says Peggy Goss, Arbors Neighborhood Association President. 

She says a suspicious man was also spotted.  Everybody was immediately on a text chain, alerting the group.  

"We had several get involved in it, stopped it, and actually ran the guy out of the neighborhood," says Goss,  "I think before police ever got here."

According to Bryant Police the pair had collected several items taken from neighbors and made a small pile which they planned to come back and get later.

They never made it that far.  The neighbors says they don't plan on letting thieves get the better of them. 

"If anybody tries to come and take anything they'll be in bad luck because it won't be long till there will be a police car out here," says Partain. 

Bryant Police say this is a good example of the way a neighborhood watch group should work.  They encourage people to get to know their neighbors and communicate with one another when something is suspicious.   


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