Neighbors watching out for each other to protect against crime during power outage

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thousands will be in the dark in the coming days, and unfortunately, a dark home can entice criminals.

Some neighbors in Frayser say they won't be caught off guard by those who are up to no good.

"It's gonna be a lot of opportunists, but look out for your fellow man," said Antran Smith, who lost power in the storm.

Here in Frayser, residents say they understand the warning from police, and they are watching for suspicious behavior.

"We've seen several cars more than we have ever seen up and down the street," Anitra Flowers said. "This is very interesting, you never know what people are doing."

They've also got a plan in place to protect their neighbors.

"We take turns going to the store because everyone on this block just about knows each other, you at least know their face, you know who is going in and out of the house," Rodney Flowers said.

Anitra and Rodney Flowers says they've never been through an outage quite like this, but they are keeping an especially close eye on the homes of their neighbors who have left due to not having power.

"People prey on innocence and ignorance."

Police say the element of preparedness helps in trying times such as these, and the Flowerses say they are ready.

"My son has a saying, he says always be locked and loaded."