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Residents Form Major Neighborhood Watch After String of Break-Ins


Residents in one Killeen neighborhood say they've had enough after months of break-ins, vandalism, and theft, and now they're ready to do something about it.

Within the last six months, there have been over a dozen burglaries at homes and businesses all throughout that area. Three residents who live in that neighborhood say they've now taken it upon themselves to form what they're calling the Meadows Neighborhood Watch.

So far, roughly 30 members have joined that group - all saying they're tired of living in fear.

"Enough is enough," Meadows Watch co-founder Tammy Peden said. "We're going to start a neighborhood watch, and we're going to start watching our own neighborhood."

Posted throughout that neighborhood between Levy Lane and Julie Jacqueline Drive are dozens of keep out and security signs. Thanks to a string of recent thefts, robberies, and break-ins, residents who live in these homes have had to take extra precautions to ensure safety not only for themselves, but for their families as well. 

"It's terrifying," Killeen resident Tiffany Sermino said. "It's very terrifying because I'm a stay-at-home mom, so it's me and my son, and I have another one on the way. It's scary knowing that they might hit my house and I'm in there. It's going to be hard having to protect myself but also having to protect my son."

One of the co-founders of the group says that even though he's had to increase security all around his property, he hopes the neighborhood watch will be enough to bring the crimes to an end.

"If we get the neighborhood, bring the neighborhood closer together and get to know everybody, that's going to make us a lot stronger right there," Meadows watch co-founder Dwayne Green said.

Just as recently as three weeks ago, one family's home was broken into, the front door kicked in and all the electronics stolen in broad daylight. Leaders of the group say that they've received nothing but support from the Killeen Police Department, but their hope for the new watch program is to assist authorities in making some much-needed arrests and getting these criminals off the street for good.

"Unfortunately, if there's not eyes out there helping them do their job and reporting things that are going on in the neighborhood, then they don't know," Peden said. "They can't be here 24/7. They can't be everywhere."

The group says they hope the program will only continue to grow throughout their community within the coming months.

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