Ferndale neighborhood takes security into their own hands

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FERNDALE, Ark. – An Arkansas neighborhood is taking security into their own hands. A Ferndale community started their own neighborhood watch.

There’s no lights or sirens. It’s just people putting their car in drive and hitting the Ferndale streets.

“You’re just looking for those things that don’t seem right,” Crime watch leader Teri Drennan said.

Drennan recently took over the Ferndale Crime Watch but it’s been in operation since the early 1990’s.

“You would rarely go two days without seeing the someone with the crime watch patrol sign on their car,” Drennan said.

Now, those drivers have tapered off quite a bit.

“I think we have about three patrols,” Drennan said.

Now, why would a town need the community patrolling the roads when there is law enforcement?

“They are limited on where they can be and how quickly they can get somewhere,” Drennan said.

It’s just to keep some extra eyes and ears on the streets. Drennan says they’re looking for people and vehicles they know don’t belong.

“The more you do it, the more aware you become of what cars belong at what homes,” Drennan said.

If they do see something out of the ordinary, they will just call 911 and leave the police work to the people wearing the badge.

“Hopefully steer people away to know that they have an active crime watch,” Drennan said.

Thursday is their bi-monthly Crime Watch meeting. They are hoping to get some more volunteers.

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