Created: 09/18/2013 11:39 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams
Henrietta Town Supervisor Michael Yudelson says break-ins have gone up in his town and he believes it's a problem in your town too.
The town supervisor is so concerned that he is hosting a community meeting with police on Thursday to talk about what's going on. That meeting will be at the Henrietta Town Hall on Calkins Road at 7 p.m.
News10NBC wanted to know what you can do to keep your family, home and neighborhood safe. We spoke with one group who has a 'zero tolerance' policy against crime in their neighborhood. They say it's working and a big key is to know the people who live around you or on your street.
Bryce Miller of North East Main Neighbors United says, "I would say our crime has come down 50 percent in the last three years especially when it comes to home burglaries."
Three years ago, Bryce Miller and several of his neighbors created the NEMNU after about two dozen homes break-ins in the area. Since then, he says the neighborhood he calls home is a different place. How did they do it? He says it's simple.
"We have social activities to get the neighbors to know each other," says Miller. "That way if they get to know each other, they won't be afraid to rely on each other to be allies. We do beautification projects, which neighbors come together and help with as well. So, it's really a social circle."
Now if someone in the neighborhood sees something suspicious or hears about an incident, everyone else knows within minutes thanks to social media and emailing.
"I know many of my neighbors now. I know every person on my street," says Miller. "We have each other's phone numbers, we have each other's emails. We look out for each other and we don't see crime on our street."
NEMNU is part of the larger North Winton Village, where neighbors have been working together for 16 years to keep their streets crime-free. The City Newspaper now calls that village one of the four best places to live in the city of Rochester.
Mary Coffey of the North Winton Village says, "You don't even think about it, you just work so hard to keep it going and it just happened. Because we just kept going at it and there's not one paid employee in North Winton Village, that means it's from heart."
Coffey could not stress enough the importance of becoming a partner with the local police and creating a way for residents to report crime and criminals anonymously. And for residents in Henrietta, Miller recommends creating some sort of neighborhood event to help you get to know another.