ROCKFORD (WIFR)-- Just weeks after a man was shot in the back at a home on Rockford's East side, some neighbors in the Rolling Green area say they no longer feel safe in their own homes.
"Everybody's eyes are open now. Their ears are open now. It's just keep going, keep moving forward with it and hope for the best and try to get this neighborhood back to where it once was," says Heather Vecchione.
Vecchione says an emergency neighborhood meeting is the first step to kicking crime out of Rolling Green.
The neighborhood, near Harrison and Alpine, is typically a quiet area, but this summer was different.
There was a shooting and a string of burglaries to vacant homes.
"As a mother, its scary because our kids play. I have a daycare, there's kids all over the neighborhood and this shooting happened and it was broad daylight. It's scary, " says Vecchione.
To help calm fears, Police Chief Chet Epperson will be at the neighborhood meeting answering questions and giving tips to keep the area safe.
Vecchione's neighbor and friend, Alderman Jeanne Oddo, says although her neighbors are scared, they're ready for action.
"They are afraid but they're willing to do what they have to in order to make it a little safer," says Oddo.
Vecchione and Oddo talk every day, keeping tabs on everyone and everything that happens on their block. They say it's one of the best ways to keep criminals away.
"We can't depend 100 percent on the police department because they have other things going on too. This is our neighborhood and we have to work together as a neighborhood to keep it safe."
That meeting is on Saturday, September 14th at 10 in the morning at Heartland Church.