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Three juveniles arrested after help from community

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police arrested three juveniles - two 15-year-old's and 14-year-old, after they broke into a house on Largo Drive in the Windsor Forest neighborhood, Thursday.

They are charged with criminal attempted burglary and obstruction by fleeing.

Metro police say it was thanks to tips from concerned neighbors, an initiative Chief Jack Lumpkin has been pushing for.

Tony Thomas, Savannah District 6 Alderman, said, "Words can't describe it. It's great when people do what they did yesterday, because that's how we can help reduce the crime that's happening in these neighborhoods."

His goal is for more people to know who their neighbors are, and to look out for those who live around you.

Metro police officers responded to the neighborhood along with a helicopter and a canine unit, after receiving tips from residents of suspicious activity.

Police say if you're ever in that position and see something fishy, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

"A lot of times what happens is we ride calls, and a neighbor will say, 'Well, I saw this, but I didn't want to call.' Call us. Sometimes it turns out to be a legitimate person or thing going on. But we would rather dismiss those type of calls than miss those calls that were actually something," said Lt. Ashley Brown, SCMPD. 

Fred Conley has lived in this neighborhood for 14 years. And though he says it's a safe area overall, he did install a security system with cameras and motion sensors after he had Christmas decorations stole from his yard.

"It really worries me, it really does, that something like that would happen in this neighborhood. It's scary, it really is,” said Conley.

Alderman Thomas is now organizing a group called the South Savannah Crime Collaborative.

It will consist of residents and businesses in the area focused on developing initiatives, like the "nosy neighbor" challenge.

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