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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Neighborhood "posse" patrols for suspicious activity

ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Hundreds of locals are taking action in the wake of two attempted abductions within the past three weeks in Marana.  The self-proclaimed posse is on high alert. 

The Sun City Posse in Oro Valley is a network of neighbors who work in shifts to patrol their neighborhood, and police say they set a good example of how average citizens can ban together to prevent crime.

"See if this were night, we'd call, and there's a lot of good stuff in these garages," says Sun City Posse chairman, Del Balston, as he points to an open garage.  Balston regularly patrols his master planned community looking for garages that may lure burglars and suspicious vehicles and activity.

The Sun City Posse is a group of nearly 600 volunteers who keep watch, and they're always aware of criminal activity in their area.

"The Oro Valley Police are very good about either calling me or sending me an email about it," says Balston.

"We've had several instances when we've relied on their information," says OVPD Sgt. Amy Sloane, "such as vehicles found on the street or parked suspiciously.  And we were able to follow up with these vehicles."

Sloane says the posse's detailed documents and watchful eyes are a huge help.  She says anyone can take steps to protect their neighborhood.

"You know your neighborhood.  You know what's normal.  You know what's right.  If you get that feeling that just doesn't look right, call."

In his 15 years on patrol, Del has never caught a suspect red-handed, but he continues to hit the streets for a sense of safety.

"You'll see a lot of people with crutches or with walkers and it can be dangerous for them, just like a child, but we're not afraid to walk at night.  At any time."

Last year the Sun City Posse contacted about a thousand residents with open garage doors, recorded about 2,600 suspicious cars, and placed more than a hundred 911 calls.

If you want to start your own neighborhood watch group, just contact your local police department.

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