Knowing your neighbors could limit crime


Burglars brazen enough to hit a house in broad daylight may be shocking, people like Billy Lowman say it happens all too often.

Lowman said his neighborhood has had a number of break-ins despite the fact that many of the homes have security systems.

“I know a couple houses that this has happened to, that house over there (Lowman points to a neighbor’s home), they went on vacation, and they got robbed,” he said.

Lowman said his Christmas decorations were even stolen right out of his front yard last season.

For Lowman, the simple solution to all of this is getting to know your neighbors.

Lowman said growing up in Baltimore — his grandmother was able to keep her door unlocked for 20 years.  That was a time when neighbors knew each other and looked out for one another.

Lowman described what it was like growing up in the northeast:

“If I saw someone walking out of the house who shouldn’t be there I would know right away because I knew the family and their friends,” he said.  “Here you don’t know.  Someone could be walking out with a couch, and you just think it’s the homeowner.”

Lowman’s neighbors, who he has never met, seem to agree with him. 

“I think that’s great, around here they would’ve just been able to keep doing what they were doing,” said Lisa Gattoni, neighbor.

The neighbors say they would never be able to catch a suspected burglar in the act because they don’t have anyone’s phone numbers.  Lowman says he’s going to make an effort to make his neighborhood safer. 

One way he plans to do this is by using the holidays to strike up a conversation with his neighbors.

“I think you should be friendly with your neighbors all the time not just on Veterans Day,” said Lowman.

Police say crime go down in neighborhoods where people know each other. 

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