Neighborhood watch members in a South Austin subdivision say crime has been lower in recent years -- and they want to keep it that way.
"We saw some guys laying on the yard and we just stopped and say, 'hey, is everything OK?' And yeah, they were just resting," said Roy Ramirez, who patrols his neighborhood, "Because they were putting pamphlets out so you know stuff like anything suspicious."
Daily, around-the-clock cruising by watch patrols like Ramirez keep an eye on troublemakers, open garages and storage areas to make sure no one thinks about breaking in.
"We've seen screens off the windows, and we'll stop and ask they neighbor," said Ramirez, "They'll say, 'oh they're working on their house.'"
Down the road, John Cinelli hasn't had any problems with anyone breaking into his shed, which sits beside his driveway. He says he always has his "crime watch" face on. And he gets help from some furry friends.
"I can see it. I can hear it. It's right outside my bedroom window," said Cinelly, "And I've got a lot of four-legged security here. So they alert me, too."
Sheds in play view weren't hard to find, some were easy to get to and even wide open. Police say these make easy targets. And as much as you're watching your property, someone else could be eyeing it, too.
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