Jim:Did you hear what happened to the Romeros?
Jim:They went on vacation for a week and vandals broke a couple of windows in the back of their house and tagged their living room walls with graffiti.
There are always punks who like to egg houses in this neighborhood for fun, but this is much more serious.
Jim:I think things are getting out of hand.
Every week or two, we hear of incidents of people having their tires slashed or their cars keyed.
Helene:And the Jamisons had their flowerbeds trampled and a small fire set on their lawn three weeks ago.
This neighborhood is really going downhill.
Jim:What should we do about it?
Helene:What do you mean?
Jim:I think we should start patrolling the streets at night.
Helene:You mean organize a neighborhood watch?
Wouldn't that be dangerous?
Jim:If you're worried, when you see something suspicious, call the police.
Helene:And you think they'll come in time to catch them?
The police aren't known for quick response times in this neighborhood.
Jim:Then we'll go after them ourselves.
Helene:You mean be vigilantes? I'm not sure that would be wise.
Jim:Why not? If Clint Eastwood can do it, so can I. Go ahead, punk, make my day!
getting out of hand 失控，无法控制
going downhill 走下坡路
make my day 让我开心