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Cedar Rapids Oakhill Jackson Resident Take Painting Approaching to Crime Fighting

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 10:23 AM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN) -- Neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids are doing what they can to keep a crime free community. In the Oakhill Jackson the residents there are working together.

"There's a great effort here to work together and cooperate," says Lynette Richards

They are working together through a beauty project, but it's more than just scrapping and painting a house. The community effort is connecting a neighborhood.

"People came today that knew the homeowners parents and grandparents," Richard said.

The residents there have known each other for years. It's one of the only areas of the city where people date back generations and that's why it's one area with some of the lowest crime rates in the city. The neighborhood association says nearly 90 percent of the homes there are owner occupied and that set them a part from other parts of the city.

"As new people move into the neighborhood they discover that it is a neighborhood with low crime," says Richards.
So whether parents are painting a house or a positive picture of the old saying, "it takes a village" the children there are learning the value of working together for something and their parents are hoping it's instills a lasting impression to stay away from crime.
Cedar Rapids Oakhill Jackson Resident Take Painting Approaching to Crime Fighting

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