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Arbor District residents form task force with police

Over the past couple of weeks there has been a spike in both crimes in different parts of the Arbor District. Over the past couple of weeks there has been a spike in both crimes in different parts of the Arbor District.
On Tuesday night, residents in the Arbor District called a meeting with police to figure out how to put a stop to the high number of car break-ins and burglaries in their neighborhood. On Tuesday night, residents in the Arbor District called a meeting with police to figure out how to put a stop to the high number of car break-ins and burglaries in their neighborhood.

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Recently Carbondale was listed as one of the top 100 cities for crime in America.

It's not a title that city leaders are proud of. And it's one that they're working on getting rid of.

On Tuesday night, residents in the Arbor District called a meeting with police to figure out how to put a stop to the high number of car break-ins and burglaries in their neighborhood.

Over the past couple of weeks there has been a spike in both crimes in different parts of the Arbor District.

Carbondale Chief of Police Jody O'Guinn says it's a trend of criminal activity in those same areas that they want to stop.

"The student population is a largely transient population. And as a result they normally aren't very good stewards of their property," said Chief O'Guinn. "So they tend to leave their doors unlocked and their windows open. And they invite people into their house that they may not know very well. Which encourages an opportunity for criminals."

Some of the longtime residents in the Arbor District say they will continue to be vigilante and keep their eyes and ears open for anything suspicious.

"And what's going on right now I think it just part of what's happening anywhere in the country," said Susan Fehreabacher. "And it just so happens to hit our neighborhood right now. If we can still stay focused and mindful, I know police will help us solve the crimes."

During Tuesday night's meeting Chief O'Guinn complimented the residents for their efforts in helping them fight crime in their neighborhood.

"That network is outstanding. I wish we had it throughout other parts of the city as well. Because it is a very good information network," said Chief O'Guinn. " And it's helped us not only solve some crimes, but to catch individuals in the act as well."

The Carbondale Police Department is also going to tap into some monitoring software to keep an eye on pawn shops in surrounding communities to try and recover some of the stolen items out of homes in Carbondale.

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