And while new 11th Street neighborhood watches start up, other established groups in the area are also going strong in weeding out crime and cleaning up their streets.
They're fed up with the crime, they're sick and tired of the vandalism, and on this second Tuesday of each month, 11th Street area neighbors are doing something about it.
The group is the Southeast Helping Hands neighborhood watch group. It includes neighbors around Kinsey Street, a block behind the Pump Handle Inn off 11th Street. The watch started in 2002, and brings in about 25 active members each month. Those involved work to see less crime and more cleanliness on their streets. And while a lot of tough work remains, the group is confident they're seeing results and a safer, stronger environment for their kids. Still, they say they could always use more watchful eyes.
"It would help tremendously if everyone could pitch in, and give us a hand. We have 20 to 25 members in our neighborhood watch. There's several other neighborhood watches nearby. If we can all join together, I think there could be an even greater amount of improvement," Sandra Taylor said.
Now, if you are interested more about the neighborhood watch group off 11th Street, you can contact Doris Hansen at (815) 399-1688.