Resident keeps watch over heavily-damaged Lakewood neighborhood

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by SHON GABLES

WFAA

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 14 at 1:34 PM

DALLAS - The hail storm that hit North Texas Wednesday has made some residents in Lakewood vulnerable to vandals.

Many, desperate to protect their belongings, have placed tarp or plastic over shattered car and home windows. And although neighbors admit it's not the best form of protection, they do have one extra layer of help, their neighbor Jonathan Homer. He has volunteered to sit on his curb, outside his front door and watch for crooks while everyone sleeps.
 
"I think the hardest part of the storm is there are a lot of crooked people in this town and they are going to try and take advantage of all the car windows and home windows smashed," he said.
 
The Lakewood section of Dallas suffered some of the worst damage from the storm. Homer said he believes his neighborhood is vulnerable.
 
"A couple of neighbors had four or five windows busted, and that's just asking for vandals to come," he said. "All they got to do is hop in real quick, grab whatever they want and run off and you would never even know it".
 
Since the storm, Dallas police have responded to several 911 reports of thefts, burglaries and break-ins. But, to prevent any in Lakewood, Homer has launched his own neighborhood watch, going up and down his neighborhood streets, checking on his neighbors and helping them out with any assistance they may need.
 
"I plan on staking out for several nights until people get their vehicles repaired," Homer said with his arms crossed under a dark sky. Keeping an eye out for his neighbors.

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