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'One by One' neighborhood watch group calls in crime


A group of south Rockford residents take crime personally.

The neighborhood watch program in that area, called 'One by One' combs the streets each night for illegal activity.

Armed with nothing but a flashlight and his iPhone, the group's Captain, Tony Duran patrols his neighborhood almost every night, sometimes as late at three in the morning.

He organized the group in the spring of 2012 after his car was broken into five times.   

Riding with him is Jim Sadler, the group's Second-in-Command.

"You really want to be out there in a buddy system. Being out three alone is kind of a creepy feeing, you don't know that's gonna happen," says Sadler.

During their time on patrol, Duran keeps his alderman, Joseph Chiarelli, on speed dial.

"The one by one group has definitely made a difference in that area, and I've confirmed that with the community service officers of that area," says 14th ward Alderman Joseph Chiarelli.  

This evening, Chiarelli alerts Duran of an abandoned house that has been attracting unwanted attention.

As Duran and Sadler entered the back yard, they noticed the service door on the garage was kicked in and a basement window had been smashed.

For safety, they headed back to the car.

"If we see somebody walking down the street acting suspicions we don't get out of our vehicle, we call dispatch, we give them the nearest address which direction their heading. That's it," says Duran.  

Duran says he has helped lead police to an arrest on several occasions, even calling in a suspect who robbed a gas station only moments earlier.

"That's why we're called One by One," says Duran. "Because one by one the criminals will be gone."

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