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Nearly 700 neighborhood watch groups in Nashville amid violent summer

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Some Nashville residents fed up with crime are fighting back.

Terry V,o who lives in the Chestnut Hill subdivision in South Nashville, started a neighborhood watch group after her neighbor Ruxin Wang was shot and killed last winter while getting his trash can off the curb.

“All my neighbors, we all came out and we were wondering what was happening. We were honestly confused. All of a sudden there were so many police cars that were just came on the scene," Vo said.

It’s crime like that she says moved her neighbors to come together and fight back against a violent summer.

“Right now in Nashville, crime is on the rise regardless of whatever neighborhood you live in,” Vo said.

Since February, police have charged a combined 300 teens and young adults with 182 felonies and more than 400 misdemeanors. They recovered nearly 100 stolen guns and there's still weeks to go before summer ends.

A spike in crime is nothing new, however, what is new are the number of newly formed neighborhood groups forming. Some residents tell FOX 17 News police aren’t the only ones responsible for keeping their neighborhood safe.

“If we see suspicious activities like drugs or prostitution, call it in. When it’s one person calling in, it’s hard but when they see six or seven phone numbers calling in, it’s more important, “ Vo said.

The Chestnut Hill neighborhood watch group is one that’s on the growing list of more than 620 neighborhood watch groups that the Mayor’s Office keeps record of. Metro Police has a separate group that records nearly 700 groups. That number has been in the rise since 2013.

And neighbors are getting crafty with their crime watch, using apps like the "NextDoor" where people frequently post about crime that happens and puts others on alert.

“You can either accept it or you can choose to fight it and here in Chestnut Hill we choose to fight it,” Vo said.

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