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Burglarized Tiffin Residents Take Crime Fighting Into Their Own Hands

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 12:16 PM CDT
TIFFIN, IA (KGAN) -- Packed inside a Tiffin, Iowa church, residents there are fed up with the sins of a burglar.

"We are going to make our house as least attractive a possible," said one woman.

Each resident there told a story on how their homes were the target of thieves. Since Thanksgiving the homes there have been a part of an elaborate scheme and the residents say that their homes have been watched and that many of their cars have been vandalized.

"There's been accounts of people seeing individuals walking through the neighborhood, suspicious late at night," says Darren Lewis.

Lewis has been back in Tiffin for three years and he's now coordinating efforts to develop a neighborhood crime watch.

"It's real important that the community get together and create a network so we can get control on this," Lewis said.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is also involved and they are now offering up a Crimestoppers reward for anyone with information on the burglaries and they are urging residents to communicate with one another. Meantime, the residents aren't just sitting on the sidelines, they are working to take their neighborhood back.

"If we become organized we're going to be a harder target for them," says one man.

They are hoping their neighborhood crime watch makes the crooks the target instead.  

Kelsey Minor, CBS 2 News
Burglarized Tiffin Residents Take Crime Fighting Into Their Own Hands


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