Neighborhood Watch Facebook Group Aims to Keep Burglars Away

Earlier this week, a segment on the Today show revealed what burglars think keeps them from breaking into houses.

Instead of home security alarms, it was a group of concerned neighbors.

One group of neighbors is using Facebook to warn their neighbors of suspicious activity.

In 2014, Jeff and Julie Coley have lived in the Boony Homes neighborhood for 33 years.

They started the Bonny Homes Neighborhood Watch group to protect their home and their neighbors' homes.

They say social media is more effective than a more traditional neighborhood watch in getting messages out.

"People on Facebook see something going on they're more apt to get on and say something to somebody who might call the police," said Jeff Coley.

The page allows members to post comments and photos of suspicious activities which the Coleys say is a faster way of reaching more people.

Jeff Coley said he's tried to get a more traditional neighborhood watch program started but "only seven or eight people showed up" compared to the around 200 people in the area.

He said on the Facebook page, each post reaches over 100 people.

Administrators for the Facebook page only add people from the Bonny Homes area but the Coleys recommend that every neighborhood get a similar type of page.


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