Retiree patrols Dogtown with his pooch as neighborhood watch duo

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - They don’t have police powers. But they are on patrol, making sure their block is safe and secure.

“I’m just one of many people doing it,” John Corbett said.

Corbett, born and raised in Dogtown, is a retiree who spends much of his weekdays keeping his eyes and ears peeled for suspicious activity.

With his pet Akita, Iowa, by his side, Corbett goes block by block, either by car or by foot.

Some of the crime issues in Dogtown are the same ones facing other communities in the metro area. Corbett says he makes a point to be on watch during daytime hours.

“It’s almost all property crime. And 99 percent of it is cars. Car break-ins. A lot of that,” he said. “I try to go out at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock on my neighborhood watch I call it. Whenever we see something suspicious, if I have to call police, I will.”

The extra set of eyes, in addition to police patrols, is a comfort to Corbett’s fellow neighbors.

“I know people who have had their cars broken into, so it’s nice to know that there’s that added sense of security around,” Dogtown resident Katy Larimer said.