A string of burglaries caused one
Stevens Point neighborhood to take matters into its own hands.
Eileen Rozumialski moved into her home
inside Park Ridge 6 years ago.
Rozumialski says she chose the city of
Stevens Point for one reason.
"I wanted to move into an area
where I would feel more secure," said Rozumialski.
Shortly after the move Rozumialski's
neighborhood started seeing problems.
"We had three very serious
burglaries, in Park Ridge, all in a very short period of time,"
said Patricia Baker, Park Ridge Board of Trustees.
Baker knew the burglaries were making
"You didn't know if your house was
going to be next," said Kathy Schwarz, Park Ridge Resident.
According to a report released by the
FBI, home burglaries rise 10 percent during the summer months.
Park Ridge residents began talking
about the burglaries and knew something had to be done.
"Another neighbor came to me and
said we should put together a neighborhood watch program," said
A few weeks later the neighborhood
The initiative has grown ever since,
with the help of the Portage County Sheriffs Department.
"Anybody who comes to the front of
the house or the back of the house is going to see the signs in our
windows," said Rozumialski.
90 households in the Park Ridge
neighborhood with 500 people participate in the watch.
Authorities report that here hasn't
been a single burglary since the program started.
"I'm just very, very happy with
the success of the Park Ridge neighborhood watch program," said
Sgt. Mike Lukas, Portage County Sheriffs Department.
Authorities tell Newsline 9 that this
is a great example of how neighbors can come together, to take
There are some things you can do as
well, to protect your home.
The Portage County Sheriff's Department
recommends taking a few precautions, especially if you're going to be
out of town this summer.
Officials suggest making it look as if
you're still home by keeping your yard well maintained, putting
lights on timers, and placing a hold on your mail and newspapers so
they don't stack up.
Authorities also say that you should
have neighbors check in regularly when your gone, and they really
stress being careful about what you
post on social media websites.
Thieves look on sites like Facebook and
Twitter for people going on vacation.
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