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Quincy neighborhood comes together to fight crime

Some Quincy neighbors are coming together to fight crime right in their backyards.

On Ashley Avenue, residents said it stays pretty quiet. They want it to stay that way, which is why they’re teaming up to fight crime.

Neighbors were out and about Monday along Ashley Avenue.

“It’s a very nice neighborhood, it’s a quiet neighborhood, good neighbors and it’s just really a good place to live,” Resident Randy Grant said.

Neighbors said they want it to stay that way, which is why they’re coming together to fight crime in the neighborhood through a mobile app called Nextdoor. It’s an idea Grant said he likes.

“I think it’s very cool,” Grant said. “I think it’s a great idea to keep the neighbors informed and everyone also keep an eye out for each other, like neighbors do.”

Grant said although the neighborhood stays quiet, quiet neighborhoods can become targets.

“You know, sometimes cars get broke into,” Grant said. “You hear that around the city all the time and stuff like that, you don’t want in your neighborhood, obviously and vandalism, too.”

Officials with the Quincy Police Department said staying connected with your neighbors is the first step to keeping crime out.

“I think it’s a great idea, a way to communicate with your neighbors,” Patrol Officer Kevin Pavon said. “If you see some kind of suspicious activity, one of your neighbors had their car broken into, you’re letting people know about that. It might even help us identify suspects that are up to things they shouldn’t be doing.”

New neighbor, Rosalie Whealn, said she’s happy to have moved to a neighborhood that’s doing everything they can to keep safe.

“I think that is wonderful,” Whealn said. “I think I picked a great house and a great neighborhood.”

QPD said it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings. They said to keep your house and car locked at all times. If you see any suspicious behavior, call 911.

The city of Quincy does offer Neighborhood Watch groups. Although officers said there are no active neighborhood watch groups right now, you can contact the police department if you are interested in joining a group.


Quincy Neighborhood Watch program

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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