You’ve all heard stories about groups of robbers breaking into homes and targeting one neighborhood. It happens in many cities across the country. Well, one Harris County neighborhood got together online to fight back.
Residents in the Summerwood community were dealing with a rash of robberies. The monthly crime watch meetings they were holding weren't solving the problem. So Dwayne Buehring decided to take crime fighting online, to Facebook.
“You have so many people that can get together. You can talk to each other quickly. Before you know it you’re sharing information with everybody,” Buehring told KTRH News.
And that is exactly what happened with the Summerwood Crime Watch group. Their members looked out for each other. And it paid off.
“Somebody saw the suspect’s vehicle. We posted it. We asked people to start driving around and keep an eye on the car. We got the police involved. Before you know it we had this car stopped and three criminals were arrested.
Lt. Terry Gayney of Harris County Constable Precinct 3 told KTRH the police were glad to have the help.
“Cell phones, social media. It’s like having eyes and ears everywhere, on every corner just about,” Gayney said.
Buehring's Facebook group now has over 1,300 members in it, and he hopes other communities do the exact same thing.
“You’ve got to be a proactive member of your community. Get involved. If you see something, say something,” Buehring said. “If you see something that you don’t think is right share it with people. Share it on your crime watch page. Share it on your Facebook page.”