UPDATED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 4:25am
WACO -- Sanger-Heights neighborhood is one of the oldest in Waco.
Like the neighborhood in Sanford, FL where Trayvon Martin was shot, they too have an active neighborhood watch.
Ralph Cooper, who is a part of the watch, tells us it's the best way to keep their homes safe.
"The secret is watching out for your neighbors. That's all that a neighborhood watch organization is supposed to do, is kind of keep an eye out and not be afraid to pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1 and report something," Cooper said.
His simple tactic has helped police put criminals behind bars both in and out of the Waco area.
But he also says it's not their responsibility to handle suspicious people, that's the work of local police.
"that doesn't look right, that looks suspicious, let the police officer decide whether it is or it isn't," he said.
Along with a watchful eye, those on 15th street also had new lamp posts and sidewalks put in to help keep the area well lit and open.
But when it comes to George Zimmerman who shot Martin, Cooper says:
"I think he took it about three steps too far. Write it down, call it in, don't do anything else."