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Blockwatch group looking to stop young criminals as summer draws near

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A major effort is underway to curb crime committed by kids and teens in our area. With temperatures warming up and the end of the school year drawing near, folks in one neighborhood are hoping to work with police to help delinquent juveniles.

"Walking up and down the middle of the street, harassing the neighbors, breaking in and out of the houses, jumping on the cars," complained Sandra Lewis of Toledo.

Residents say they think it's only going to get worse as we inch closer to summer.

"When schools out the park is open all the time so yeah, It's going to be a rough summer," said Lewis.

But on Tuesday night, residents in the Willys Parkway neighborhood came together to be proactive. They met with community service officers, a city council member and juvenile justice leaders to answer one question.

"What can we do about the juveniles out there breaking the curfew and disrespecting the neighborhood?" asked Block Watch Leader Tina Scott.

The group brainstormed ideas and spent time learning about the city's effort to mentor and work with children and teens causing problems;  to change their path rather than sending them straight to the justice system.

Toledo Police have several mentoring programs in place. Residents are hoping those programs along with close communication with police can help cut down on some of the problems.

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