INSIDE EDITION Spends Time With A Neighborhood Watch Team
INSIDE EDITION joined a neighborhood watch group in action.
The neighborhood watch patrol of North Bergen, New Jersey go on the lookout for trouble-makers. They have new concerns over how they are viewed in the community, after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch captain.
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent asked, "When you heard that this guy was the head of the neighborhood watch, did you think, 'Oh gosh, he is going to give us a bad name?' "
Everyone in the group responded, "Yes,"
Unlike George Zimmerman, these volunteers don't carry guns and most of their policing is done from the comfort of their homes.
They range in age, from a 21-year-old college student to an 82-year-old grandmother, and meet twice a month around a dining room table with local police Captain Gerald Sanzari and Sergeant Thomas Ferrari.
But if you're caught doing something wrong in North Bergen, chances are the neighborhood watch person who reports you will be peering through blinds. Face-to-face confrontations are highly discouraged.
Captain Sanzari said, "We never encourage you to follow anybody. You got to remember you are not law enforcement officers; you're not trained to be."
Neighborhood watch member, Aimee Focaraccio told INSIDE EDITION, "Really all we need is a cell phone. That's our weapon. That's our way of reporting any crime we see."
A blockbuster comedy, set to be released this summer, called Neighborhood Watch stars three of the funniest guys in America; Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. Previews have been pulled from Florida theaters because it was viewed to be in bad taste, after the Trayvon Martin tragedy.
As for these neighborhood watch volunteers, they hope the Trayvon Martin shooting doesn't tarnish the good work they're doing.