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Neighborhood Watch keeps an eye on Washburn

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Concern remains among residents in the Washburn neighborhood after shootings there this past weekend. But neighbors are continuing to watch out for one another.

The Washburn Neighborhood Watch has about fifty active members, all on the lookout for crime in the area. The watch said they meet monthly or as needed.

The goal is to have the community looking out for each other. That means keeping an eye on homes when someone is on vacation and always being aware of any suspicious activity. 

"If good people do nothing then crime wins," Bob Haavind, Co-chair of the watch said. 

With the help of La Crosse Neighborhood Response Officers who patrol the area, Haavind said the watch is helping to crack down on drug trafficking in the area. 

"If you care about your neighbors then you lookout for them. If you don't know your neighbors you're not as willing to get involved with protecting them and their welfare and their not as willing to protect yours," he said. 

Haavind said he hopes the increased police presence in the neighborhood with continue to prevent crime. His is working to organize more neighbors and community members get involved with the watch.

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