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RALEIGH COUNTY (WVVA) - Break-ins are running rampant in one Raleigh county neighborhood. So the residents are taking matters into their own hands.

Shady spring area neighborhood watch now has over a thousand members.

"I've got two children and right now I'm even afraid to go to work,” Glade Springs resident and neighborhood watch member, Rrynnae Majakey, told WVVA.

From Flat Top through Beaver, you'll see neighborhood watch signs scattered by the roads.

For the past two years, the organization has been working with law enforcement to eliminate the rampant break-ins and robberies.

It all started when the creator, Von Moye, had it happen to his elderly mother. “A thug crawled through her bedroom window and was robbing her and throwing her jewelry out the window and into the yard."

The members operate mostly on a Facebook group where they can share tips and even mug shots of suspects. And Moye says the neighborhood watch program is working.

"The bad guys know we're watching ya, we're going to report ya, you're going to get arrested and you're going to go to jail," said Moye.

But the problem is far from solved. A local video lottery location has been robbed five times. So they upgraded their security system and have cameras everywhere. And that security footage helped prevent a sixth robbery. They caught a man crouching around the corner, waiting with a machete.

Moye has now been called to work on helping an affluent neighborhood, Glade Springs. Residents say the gated community is seeing more robberies and break-ins, especially during the day when people are at work.

"They go up to the front doors and try to tear of the front door handles,” explained Majakey. “They don't care if there are cars in the driveway so they're not scared. And we've had three actual break-ins with items stolen, just within the past two weeks."

Moye says the biggest thing people lose in a break-in is their sense of safety. "You know you can replace the jewelry, you cannot replace the feeling of being secure in your home.”

If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, don’t take matters into your own hands. Call your local law enforcement.

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