ORANGETOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – After a rash of burglaries, Orangetown residents are teaming up to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

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Together, they’ve brought back the neighborhood watch system in a half dozen areas across the town, police Lt. Donald Butterworth said.

“What’s happened recently with burglaries throughout this region through New Jersey and New York, neighbors have been getting together with us and talking and it kind of evolved back into a neighborhood watch,” he said.

The program was dormant for years, Butterworth added, but now residents are organizing to restart the community watch system.

“It’s really the eyes and ears of the community that helps make the programs a success.”

Police have also been willing to lend training to the public on things like identifying suspicious activity.

“They’re the ones that know,” Butterworth said. “They know if an unusual car drives down the street. They know what’s going on. We don’t necessarily know that.”

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