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Police encourage people to start neighborhood watch groups

Police encourage people to start neighborhood watch groups

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police have ruled Saturday's deadly shooting on Chapman Drive the seventh homicide of the year.

A man died and a woman was sent to the hospital.

It's one of four deadly shootings in less than a month in the city. Each shooting is less than three miles from each other.

Sandy Hill lives near the shooting locations, but says she feels safe because her home is part of the neighborhood watch.

"It makes us more aware of what's happening, what's normal, and what isn't normal," she said.

There are more than 700 neighborhood watch groups in Colorado Springs.

Police Lt. Catherine Buckley said the four shootings are not connected to each other. However, she said there is a reason for that much crime.

"Obviously, if you have more people living in one location the chances of them having a victim is greater because they all live in one location and there is more people there," Lt. Buckley said.

Buckley said she feels the neighborhood watch helps police.

"It expands what the police department can do and citizens in that community know their areas," Lt. Buckley said.

One man died and two others were sent to the hospital in critical condition in the Winnepeg Drive shooting last Saturday night.

Police have not released the names of the victims.

If you want to start a neighborhood watch group click here.

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