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Neighborhood Crime Watch programs help fight crime

A Weston neighborhood recently experienced vandalism. Homeowners reported the vandals slashed trampolines and broke some of them apart.  Police believe kids were behind the damage. While no one was hurt, the damage cost homeowners money to fix up and those living in the neighborhood say it is unsettling.

Some people living there were aware that there is a Neighborhood Crime Watch program in place. Others we talked with knew nothing about it.

While the programs won't stop every crime, Everest Metro Police officers  say  Neighborhood Crime Watch programs are one way people can work together to protect their property. The Everest Metro officers say they haven't seen many requests recently for the program. It gives people the chance to work with officers on crime fighting ideas.

Community Safety Officer, Leah Long says, "The most important thing is for people to be the eyes and ears of their neighborhood. When they know the people and know who comes and goes and who their friends are it is easier to detect when something is out of the norm." She adds that programs need to have at about 50% participation to be effective. They can elect leaders, who can notify neighbors when reports of unusual activity do take place.

For more information you can call the department at 715-359-4202.

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