TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Members of the Burroughs neighborhood organization voted to start Signal 88 patrols in their part of Toledo a little over a month ago, and with a June 1 deadline to collect necessary funds- they're still coming up short and on the verge of issuing refunds.
The Burroughs organization wants Signal 88 to do 6 patrols per day, 7 days per week In order for that to happen, a minimum of 350 families need to make a payment of $65 per year.
Altogether, the service costs just under $23,000 a year.
At this point, two weeks away from the time Burroughs wants the security force to patrol their neighborhood, only 150 families have made their payments.
Less than halfway to their goals, the neighborhood organization is looking at the possibility of decreasing patrols based off of the payments they get, or issuing refunds and canceling the service all together.
With 1500 homes in the neighborhood, they believe getting 350 residents involved is possible and much needed.
"It's very important, if you care about your neighborhood, your neighbors, your own house. You know, it's going to have an affect with criminals, it really is, it's going to be awesome, it's like having your own private police force." said neighborhood organization President Gus Franks.
The group set a previous deadline of May 14 to have all of the money collected, but will now look over their options in the next few days, and possibly extend the deadline to make a payment another week or two, depending on how much money is collected Monday night.