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Update: Huntington Lane neighbors unite to fight local crime

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

Debbie Catts and a handful of other Huntington Lane residents meet to discuss the formation of a neighborhood watch after years of problems on their streets.

"It is your neighborhood," Catts says. "You want your kids to be safe. You want to be safe."

After years of problems, Catts posted no trespassing signs on her home and yards, bought a gun and regularly calls police to report crime.

Shreveport Police say it's not the first time Huntington Ln. residents have met at St. Abraham Baptist Church on the end of the street for a neighborhood watch.

SPD says they had a watch years ago, but when their problems dissolved so did the group.

"Basically, you all have a pretty good neighborhood," says Joe Shyne, Shreveport City Council Dist. F. "You just need to identify the problems you have."

Residents spoke of reckless driving, loitering, loud music, trespassing and theft.

Catts says she has already noticed a decrease in speeding since collecting signatures for the group two weeks ago. She says it's a strong start that will hopefully weaken their problems.

"I understand more and they're concerned," Catts says. "So I feel at ease."

Watch organizers suggested that Huntington residents be nosey, keep track of cars coming through the neighborhood and exchange phone numbers in case of any emergencies.

Because the St. Abraham has a problem with trespassing- even reporting lewd, sexual acts and suspected arson on the property beside the sanctuary- SPD says they will target truancy from a nearby school and patrol for trespassers when church staff is not around.

SPd says Catts and other neighbors will next need to be trained as watch captains and co-captains. The department will schedule their training sessions before the end of the week.

Additional Links:

Shreveport woman fights back against neighborhood crime

Shreveport Police - Neighborhood Watch

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