Members of the Carefree Neighborhood Watch, back row from left, Tim Piscitelli, David Toschlog, Jess Carrasquillo, Andrew Archer, front row from left, Rhonda Purtell, Jim Glass, Kristi Fischer, Angie Stone, Brooke Stone and Cheryl Wisdom, pose for a portrait in the Carefree neighborhood in Center Grove area. The members started to neighborhood watch as a way to keep the residents of the Carefree neighborhood safe. PHOTO BY MIKE WOLANIN
Residents of a 650-home Center Grove area neighborhood were prompted by last year’s southside explosion to band together and watch out for each other.
About 20 residents of the Carefree subdivision have met monthly since August to form Carefree Crime Watch, a group with a goal to reduce crime by watching for unfamiliar vehicles and people in the area and educating neighbors about what they can do to prevent robberies and other crimes from happening to them.
The group has an email list of about 200 residents from Carefree North and South and is working to add members from all the homes. Email alerts from the team’s leaders will warn residents about unlicensed peddlers selling door-to-door, a burglary at a neighbor’s house or descriptions of people or cars to look for if a crime has occurred.