Charlotte neighborhoods unite to fight crime

Charlotte neighborhoods unite to fight crime

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 4:41 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Residents of two Charlotte neighborhoods got together Monday night with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police to learn what they can do to help stop a recent rash of break-ins in both neighborhoods.

Just off South Boulevard, the Sedgefield and Colonial Village neighborhoods are side by side.

During the meeting at the Salvation Army Church, Officer Matt Montgomery from CMPD sat down and listened to the people's concerns.

They wanted to know what they could do and what they could not do.

"The last thing we want is a repeat of what happened in Florida," said Alison Hall, the President of the Colonial Village Association.

Hall said no one is advocating armed volunteers on patrol like George Zimmerman was in Sanford, Florida when he shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman was acquitted at his trial and that has touched off a debate about laws like Florida's 'stand your ground.'

Hall said, "What we have been saying to our folks is to be vigilant and to watch but not to do anything."

CMPD takes the same stand, said Montgomery.

"We don't want folks encountering any of these individuals whatsoever," Montgomery said.

He added that if anyone does see something suspicious, get a good description so at a later time, you can be a good witness when the case goes to court.

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