South Tyler Taking Crime Prevention in Their Own Hands

A new crime watch was formed Thursday night, eight streets strong and in the very neighborhood where a woman was raped in April.

The meeting was just the first step to getting neighbors watching after one another. Eight new block captains will now coordinate with the Tyler Police Department to get out information, whether it be about suspects in crimes or just home safety information they need to know.

People at the crime watch meeting say the April attacks moved them to watching out for their neighbors.

"We want to live in an area we've chosen to live in that we're safe in and if we all look out for one another. It's a really good thing," says Jacqueline, crime watch block captain.

The neighbors are also pooling their resources to put up crime watch signs in their neighborhoods.    They want criminals to know from now on, they will be watching.