Mount Vernon homeowners form neighborhood watch group to help with increase in crime

For months, their homes have been broken into and packages are being stolen. With the holidays just a few weeks away, they want this situation taken care of.

News 12 Staff

Oct 29, 2021, 2:31 AM

Updated 998 days ago

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Residents of the Kingsbridge Gardens area of Mount Vernon say they have grown tired of the crime that continues in their neighborhood. 
For months, their homes have been broken into and packages are being stolen. With the holidays just a few weeks away, they want this situation taken care of. 
“It’s going to get worse. Christmas time is coming,” says Kevin Bunch. “Packages are going to be left out.” 
The incidents go back to the middle of July when a camera picked up a man walking down Rockledge Avenue, stopping in front of a home and heading towards the back. 
Moments later, another camera shows him leaving with a suitcase containing $9,000 worth of stolen things. 
Susie Williams says she caught someone stealing two packages from her porch. 
“I was very upset,” says Williams. “I feel like my privacy was violated.” 
Residents met at Rebecca Turner Elementary School to discuss the situation and extended an invitation to the Mount Vernon police. 
The community decided to start a neighborhood watch program and the Mount Vernon police think it is a great idea. 
Mount Vernon police want to remind residents to lock their cars, pick up packages if hone and don't leave garages open. 


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