Neighborhood watch leader ready to catch vandals in the act

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – Homeowners in a Hamilton County community had to clean up an inappropriate mess.

Police say vandals tagged a few homes and a car in the Bristol Neighborhood off 126th street Sunday night. Police were looking for the person(s) responsible.

One of the words that was spray painted was too inappropriate to show on air, and it’s that lewd behavior neighbors and police are determined to stop.

Along the quiet streets in this Fishers neighborhood, people learn right away that someone is always watching.

And from the comfort of her quilting room are possibly the most watchful eyes on the block.

“Now like this kid, if he was doing something that I thought looked strange I would call,” said Nancy Rosetto as she peered outside her front window.

Unfortunately, she can’t see everything happening outside her home. Two nights earlier, vandals tagged homes and a car on the other side of her neighborhood.

“I don’t know what kids are thinking. I don’t know what possesses them to do things like that,” she said.

“It’s very typical for criminal mischief and vandalism issues to rise once the kids are out of school,” said Sgt. Tom Weger, Fishers Police Department. “We’ve already initiated extra patrol in the area based on these situations.”

So did Bristol’s number one neighbor who also happens to be in charge of their neighborhood watch.

“There’s 500 homes in here and our goal for the neighborhood watch is to have one block captain for every 10 homes,” said Rosetto.

She said more volunteers are stepping up to help because of the vandalism incident, but it’s clear who’s running the show. Rosetto keeps a scanner by her side 24 hours a day, even when she goes to bed.

“It’s a hobby,” she said with laughter.

A hobby her neighbors should be thankful she takes so seriously.

“That’s all part of the neighborhood watch is making sure everybody’s safe,” she said.

Besides looking out for vandals, Fishers PD is also willing to keep an extra eye on homes for people that are out of town.

“That’s a service that we provide here in Fishers for when residents go on vacation. They can let us know and then we will make periodic checks of their residence while they’re away,” said Sgt. Weger.

The service isn’t only offered in Fishers. Noblesville, Avon, and Brownsburg are just a few other police departments willing to check up on homes.

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