Beech Grove residents start community watch group after crime increase

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

BEECH GROVE, Ind. (June 11, 2015) - Residents in Beech Grove are coming together to form a neighborhood watch group.

It's all in response to an increase in crime, including a shoplifting incident at Walmart where a man later crashed his car running from police, killing one person and critically injuring two others, plus, the viral video shown inside Walmart of two women and a child fighting.

Neighbors also said this past weekend, there were multiple break-ins at homes in primarily elderly communities.

“Car break-ins, home invasions in broad daylight, drugs, you name it, it’s happened," said neighbor Mike Jarvis.

More than 40 neighbors showed up for the meeting Thursday night. It was organized by resident Edward McDonald. He said the group has been around for years, but hasn't had much impact on the community. He said the meeting couldn't have come at a better time.

“This is a conflux of circumstances that’s highly unusual," McDonald said.

The neighbors involved in the watch group will be broken down into districts. Inside those districts, neighbors will be part of Block Clubs, where a leader will represent 10-20 homes.

“They’ve had enough. Just for a short notice meeting that’s been put together, this was a great crowd. The more we go out into our neighborhoods and talk with our neighbors, it’s going to grow," Jarvis said.

Neighbors are encouraged to follow the rule, if you see something,  say something. That includes:

  • Reporting crime or suspicious activity.
  • Report nuisances promptly.
  • Take away the opportunity for crime.
  • Meet the youth on your block.
  • Make a neighbor phone list.

Suspicious activity can be reported to the Beech Grove Police Department at 317-782-4930.