Southeast Columbus community forms block watch to fight uptick in crime

It was standing room only at a meeting for community members concerned about an uptick in crime in the Madison Mills neighborhood.
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MADISON MILLS, Ohio -- It was standing-room only at a meeting for community members concerned about an uptick in crime in the Madison Mills neighborhood.

“The community as a whole is fed up with it now,” organizer Anna Young said.

A community liaison officer tells 10TV in the last month and a half, Columbus Police has responded to several reports of home and car burglaries in the southeast Columbus area.

In addition to burglaries, the department has also responded to the robbery of a local pizza delivery driver, a Craigslist robbery and a home hit during a drive-by shooting.

“We're working with the community to not only reduce the crime, but also to identify the individuals that are doing this," Community Liaison Officer James Poole said. "And this is where it’s going to start."

The Tuesday night meeting was the first gathering of the Madison Mills block watch. Organizers are hoping to meet quarterly and communicate with neighbors and law enforcement via social media and email.

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