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Summerville neighborhood watch group works to reduce crime

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A member of, "The Glow Patrol" watches his neighborhood. A member of, "The Glow Patrol" watches his neighborhood.
SUMMERVILLE, SC -

A Summerville neighborhood is coming together to decrease the amount of crime in their neighborhood. One year ago, residents in the White Gables community formed, "The Glow Patrol" after reports of vandalism and other crimes were on the rise.

After many overnight patrols, organizers of the group say that their neighborhood is a lot safer.

"When [Summerville police] were at our meeting last week, they basically said, you guys have made such a huge difference in the effort here that there is almost nothing. You go from 100 cases in a month to three," Robert DeVore said.

DeVore and many others in the community spend their nights armed with reflective vests and golf carts patrolling the streets. While crime rates are reportedly down, over the last few weeks neighbors have complained that someone is breaking into their cars. DeVore and the group decided to step up their patrols.

"Over the last couple of weeks, we've ramped up patrolling at night," he said. "Some people do early in the evening from 6 to 8 or so and some people will go beyond that from 10 at night to 2 or 3 in the morning."

Members of, "The Glow Patrol," have also taken to social media to keep residents alert of possible crimes. For example, following the most recent incidents, organizers asked neighbors to keep their porch lights on overnight.

Friday morning, as the group was out patrolling, they found the man whom they say has been tormenting their neighborhood. Police were called, and a few minutes later, the suspect was in jail. Police charged that man with Loitering and Disorderly Conduct. Police said he has not been charged with any of the car break-ins at this time.

Following the arrest, DeVore has one, simple message for anyone who wants to commit a crime in his neighborhood.

"Good luck because you're going to get caught," he said.

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