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7:30 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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First responders at a home on Regents Park Lane where deputies found suspicious materials during a drug raid. May 3, 2013.
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  • Greensboro, N.C. - Most of us know our co-workers. We sit next to them. We know what they eat for lunch. We hear stories about their families.

    But, how well do you know your neighbors?

    Just last week, people living on Regents Park Lane, off Lawndale Drive, had to leave their homes for hours because law enforcement says two men were making dangerous drugs and using hazardous devices.

    WFMY News 2 visited the neighborhood on Monday to see if people noticed anything unusual before the bust.

    "I was totally in shock when I found out," Mona Spearman said. "I think it's just something you can't spot. I think they kept it well hidden."

    Chris Spearman added, "I never really saw them that often, especially during the course of the day...They pretty much kept to themselves."

    So, what are the warning signs something isn't right next door?

    * Lots of activity (people coming and going at all hours of the day and night.)
    * Anti-social behavior (if you don't know your neighbor and he and she avoids having any conversation with you.)
    * No signs (people who are doing something illegal often want to blend in)

    "Everyone talks about a sixth sense. If you feel like something is not right, call us. That's what we're here for...to go out and look at those things you may think are not right," Detective Tommy Sluder

    You can be anonymous when you call in a report. Police can't be everywhere, so they rely on you to get to know your neighbors and look for anything suspicious on your street.

    Before you move into a new home or apartment, do a *background check* on the neighborhood.

    * Check the sex offender registry.
    * Ask law enforcement for crime statistics.
    * Find out if there is a neighborhood watch.
    * Ask what anti-crime features are on the home -- like a security system.

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