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After Home Invasions, Four Seasons Neighborhood Talks Patrols

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With few details about the two home invasions, some Albemarle residents are on edge Thursday night. The incidents have one neighborhood association that recently discussed doing away with its security patrol reconsidering. 

The Four Seasons neighborhood association board met Thursday night and safety was at the top of the list. The board also talked about the future of the neighborhood's security. 

"But the neighborhood's been perfectly safe we thought," said Bob Storck, a member of the neighborhood association. That's how many people who live in Four Seasons feel about their neighborhood. But Wednesday night's home invasions have them thinking twice. 

"I think armed robberies are always scary in anybody's neighborhood, particularly when they're home invasion sorts of things late at night," said Martha Wood, the neighborhood association's president. 

The crimes ironically come at a time when the neighborhood association is in talks of getting rid of its safety patrols. The board met to discuss the incidents and whether or not to reconsider the removal of the neighborhood security. 

"That is an issue that the board will study once we get some answers to our questions and some more information about how things operate," Wood said. 

The board is waiting to find out from police whether the crimes were random. It also plans to invite a representative from the safety patrol company to sit down and answer questions - but Wood says there is no stopping the inevitable. 

"No matter how much security you have, short of a tall electric fence you're not going to keep all crime out," Wood said. 

The association also plans to get feedback from the rest of the neighborhood before any decision is made. "There's going to be a decision later on and I suppose this event will have an effect," Storck said. 

The association hopes to make a decision about its security patrol sometime this summer. 

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