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Homicide Investigation Increases Interest In Neighborhood Watch

March 21, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Homicide Investigation Increases Interest In Neighborhood Watch
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

In cooperation with law enforcement and city officials, neighborhood watches all over the city work for the purpose of keeping their friends and family safe.

"Our biggest goal is you need to know your neighbors. Yeah, we're a big city, but we're kind of little cities within that big city and you need to know your neighbors. You need to know when people don't belong or cars don't belong," neighborhood watch organizer Jolynn Petersen said.

Petersen says the neighborhood watch near Garfield Elementary meets once every two months, putting fliers on doors to make people aware of their upcoming meeting. Doors in the neighborhood had those fliers on them the day after 56-year-old Kari Kirkegaard was found dead in her home.

"We want things addressed. If we have a problem, we want to discuss what is our solution, how can we fix it," Petersen said.

Over the past week, Petersen has noticed an increased interest in people wanting to join up with the neighborhood watch, people just like her who have lived in the area most of their lives.

"I've lived here since I was two. I have a lot of stock in this neighborhood. I have kids and I want my kids safe and I want my family safe and I want my neighbors safe," Petersen said.

After the events of the past week, the recruitment for the neighborhood watch in the Garfield area continues. As Petersen says, the neighborhood watch is only as effective as the people involved.

"It doesn't mean we're peeping in your windows, it doesn't mean that we're following you down the street. It means that when you are gone, we're going to watch out for you, we're going to make sure that your family is safe," Petersen said.

If anyone in their neighborhood has concerns, Petersen says they are more than welcome to join them at their next meeting which is Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church.

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