New neighborhood watch group in Peoria

By Beau Ebenezer

October 27, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2012 at 9:50 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The "Red Zone" Neighborhood Watch kicked off Saturday afternoon attracting dozens of community members.

The watch covers blocks in Millman, Lincoln, Howett, and Warren streets.

New signs were presented for those areas and Neighborhood Watch stickers were handed out.

"I'd just like to see people's lives get better and have that hope and being able to see and understand that sight," said community volunteer Jeremiah Dothard.

The formation of the group comes one week after a dozen alleged gang members were indicted for weapons and drug violations, thanks to efforts of the Don't Shoot campaign.

Organizers said they want to make children aware of the dangers in the street.

"There's a lot of guns out here, there are a lot of kids dying, and there's being a lot of lives wasted. I'm concerned. I've raised five children and I've seen things happen to them because of the streets and because we need a better community," said President of the Red Zone Neighborhood Watch, Cassandra Harris.

At the event, children in the neighborhood also had a chance to write down what they think could improve the community.

Harris said that she will take those ideas to the county board meeting next week.

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