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Neighborhood watch group on trash patrol

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Besides keeping an eye on neighborhood crime, a fledgling neighborhood watch group began to check the streets for soda cans, food wrappers and other trash.

A no-nonsense group of more than 12 from the "Not In Our Neighborhood Either" neighborhood watch showed up on time, put their sanitary gloves on and began collecting trash along Shadowlawn Drive and its surrounding blocks at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The clean up attracted at least two new members to the recently-formed, neighborhood-watch organization.

"We came out here to try and get the neighborhood cleaned up," said Sandra Taylor, who pitched in picking up trash with her husband Larry.

"We aren't in the neighborhood watch, but we will be when they have the next meeting."

Under direction of the watch captain Monica Mims, the men, women and children spread out and searched for trash. It was probably too early for a crime watch, but it got the group noticed in the neighborhood.

"People know us and recognize us when we go on patrol," said Elizabeth Amos, a watch member. "When we go on patrol now people see us, point at us and give a shout out, 'Hey, neighborhood watch.' "

Larry Taylor said he has seen his neighbor's homes broken into and he is just fed up.

"Crime is worse than ever," Taylor said. "Maybe we can do something about it."

Amos joined the group to help her neighbors fight crime and is optimistic about the results.

"It is bad in this neighborhood," Amos said. "But it seems that when there is a neighborhood watch group the crime goes down. It works."