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Updated: 7/30/2013 7:39 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Sallie Bentley has lived in her Southside home for 48 years. She's seen a lot of change over the last half century.

"We were able to sleep with our doors open. We had no problems with drugs. Raised all my kids and grandkids here," she said.

That changed when the 1990's rolled around. In order to stay safe, Bentley and several others decided to start a neighborhood watch. It was thriving and active--- until recently.

We found signs with expired stickers. There's a few from 2010, and one from 2012. Turns out, the coordinator got sick, and no one took over in her absense.

"She developed breast cancer, so she was kind of unable to keep up," Bentley continued.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, who oversees neighborhood watch, they have to have community meetings once a year to stay active in the program. If they do not have their meeting and do what is required, a renewal sticker is not issued by JSO.

Bentley says she hopes someone steps up and revives the program. In them meantime, she says she will continue doing her part.

"Anything I've seen wrong I called the police because I felt that was my duty. We have to get with good people who are committed and concerned about the neighborhood."

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has information available about how to start and keep up a neighborhood watch in your neighborhood.
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