Keeping neighborhoods safe, it’s something police are constantly working hard to do. And in North Riverside, if the police don’t catch you, then the neighbors may.
“Just the past three years, it seems like it has just gotten worse,” says Tekla McFaul, who lives in North Riverside.
When McFaul isn’t mowing her lawn, she’s generally keeping an eye out.
“That is all you can do right now, in this day and age, watch out for your neighbor,” she says.
That’s because she says they’re seeing more petty thefts.
“I think it is mostly kids,” she explains.
Add to that, she says more car break in’s.
“Rob across the street is constantly (having his car broken into) he is parked on the street there,” explains McFaul.
She says her little white Chevy has been broken into twice. Sometimes she just leaves it unlocked so they don’t break the windows.
“The door will be ajar because they don’t shut it completely,” says McFaul. “All they are taking is change out of people’s cars.”
Still, she’s not worried.
“People are just doing more things to be aware of what’s going on,” she says.
“North Riverside is a very strong neighborhood association. They really look out for each other,” says District VI Councilwoman Cindy Claycomb.
Claycomb says they are unique in their ability to do that saying they have great neighborhood meeting turnouts and also have a great presence on social media.
If you mess up in this neighborhood, you’ll end up on the community Facebook page.
“I think that is good in terms of letting folks know what is going on,” says Claycomb.
McFaul is better with a push mower than social media, but she can spot something out of the usual.
“We kind of know if somebody is walking around here and they’re not in place,” says McFaul.
That’s whys she is confident this neighborhood will only get better.
“We will kind of be on more of an alert,” she says.
Police certainly don’t advise leaving your car door unlocked. Rather they say clean your car out and lock our doors. Councilwoman Claycomb advises joining a Neighborhood Association where she says generally, at least once a month. a police officer will be at the meeting to talk about recent problems.