Businessman OC Welch speaks out on protecting his neighborhood--and his family.
Joe and OC Welch told us their mother has forgiven the men who took her car, but the family wants to see them caught and is working with neighbors to try to stop crime in Mayfair.
"We just make a habit to go back to our old stomping ground," said Joe Welch. "That's where my mother lives. That's where we tend to all show up every other night."
Joe Welch and his seven brothers and sisters grew up in the quiet neighborhood of Mayfair. Now, after their mother and a friend were carjacked at gunpoint on Wednesday, they want to make sure their mother and neighbors are safe.
"She could have very easily just been hit and in a hospital right now," said OC Welch, "or she could have been killed."
OC was the first person his mother called after the carjacking. "She wasn't worried about herself," he said. "She was more concerned about the car and I told her, the heck with the car."
The family has been concerned about their mother's safety, but they didn't expect this. "I never thought I'd have to worry about it at one o'clock in the middle of the day," said OC.
That's why the family is taking action. Joe told us, "A group of my friends have started blocking the streets, and I truthfully mean blocking the streets, to stop any character coming through and asking 'who are you and what are you doing here?'"
Neighbors like Pete Cooley say it's just something they do. "We try to keep an eye out on the neighborhood," Cooley said, "and usually I'm out here several times a day, and if my dogs bark, I check it out. I don't tell them to hush up. I check it out and find out why."
Police say they're doing the right thing. "It's a great idea to know who lives next door to you and who lives two doors down and three doors down," said Savannah police spokesman Bucky Burnsed. "That way, when people are in your neighborhood that you don't recognize, you know better when to call police."
Police say Mayfair is doing exactly the right thing: knowing your neighbors is the best way to prevent crime in your area.
If you have any information about what happened Wednesday, call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.
The Welch family is also offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.