LUNA encourages neighborly interaction in wake of Cleveland kidnappings

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Updated: 5/08/2013 6:57 am
The Cleveland kidnappings are just the most recent of many cases that pose the question: How well do we really know our neighbors? Some high-profile cases offer us some lessons. 

In 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her bedroom and held captive for nine months. Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at 11 and held captive for 18 years, during which she had two children. Those are just a few examples of unthinkable crimes happening right under people's noses, and more than most don't have a happy ending. 

Jake Jones Martinez with Lubbock Neighborhood Association said it's crucial to know the people you share a community with, and that it could keep tragedies like the Cleveland case from devastating another family. 

"At some point, you have to introduce yourself and get to know each other because we have to make our neighborhood smaller if we want to try and fight this problem of crime or whatever it is that we see," Martinez said. "I think it all starts with getting to know each other."

There are currently 43 neighborhood assocations in Lubbock. To find out more information, visit

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