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Franklin County neighborhood watch program credited in assisting arrest

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A neighborhood watch is credited with helping capture a suspect in Franklin County recently. (Credit: KMOV) A neighborhood watch is credited with helping capture a suspect in Franklin County recently. (Credit: KMOV)
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office credits one of their new neighborhood watch groups with helping deputies make a recent arrest.

The sheriff's office is promoting the formation of neighborhood watch groups to combat a problem with thefts in rural areas. Some residents have jumped on board for personal reasons.

"The sense of security is gone and the violation," Holly Julius, a neighborhood watch member, said.

Julius is a recent crime victim and didn’t want to be seen on camera for her safety. But after a break-in at her home in the Beaufort area, she decided to fight back.

"As being the recent victim of a burglary we talked to our neighbors and I initiated the phone call to the sheriff's office to begin the program," Julius said.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office thought it would be a good idea to expand the program to rural communities.

"And we've taken that technique out to Franklin County to some of the more rural parts and it's been taking off and working well," Detective Jim Briggs, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, said.

A neighborhood watch group formed in the Beaufort area a month ago with 20 residents and has already grown to 60.

"We're actually having a neighborhood watch social Monday evening to get to know each other as well as establish the program and the chain of communication," Julius said.

Recently their calling tree spread the word about a suspicious person in the area. The sightings of the suspect by group members led to an arrest.

"And seen him cross the road, cross the field or crossing the yard and were able to help us in apprehend because of the neighborhood watch," Briggs said.

Group members know deputies can be everywhere and if they want to see crimes get solved or prevented from ever happening, they've got to do their part.

"So we can help be their eyes and ears in our area,” Julius said.

Another neighborhood watch has formed in the Villa Ridge area. The sheriff’s office said to contact them if interested in forming a neighborhood watch. They can be reached at 636-583-2560.

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