Hilltop Neighborhood Works With Community Response Team To Fight Crime

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UPDATED: Tuesday August 6, 2013 6:26 PM

The South Ogden Avenue Block Watch in the Hilltop is celebrating success with their 9th Annual National Night Out Neighborhood Festival.

The community and police are working around the clock to reduce crime in the neighborhood.

“If you've ever been the victim of a crime, had something stolen from you, it's not right, it's not fair,” said Sgt. Lowell Rector of the Columbus Division of Police.

Rector has dedicated his career to keeping the west side of Columbus safe.

“The thugs, the criminals, the robbers, the prostitutes, the dope dealers - we don't want them on our streets,” he said.

With Rector’s help, the community has made great strides over the last ten years since the first National Night Out.

By asking people to turn on their lights for one night, it sends a message for the other 364 days of the year.

Residents say that knowing who belongs in the neighborhood, and who does not, helps reduce crime.

One west side resident told 10TV that he gives the local Community Response Team high marks for reducing the impact of gangs in their community by documenting them as they form, and stopping them before they become violent.

“Just this summer alone, we've already taken 25 guns off the street here on the west side of Columbus,” said Rector.

As a member of the city's Community Response Team, he is always looking for more participation which provides an outlet to police for crime stopping information.

“They have a place to call, a team that they can have some focus on the things that they think are important. That's what we're trying to do today,” added Rector.  

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