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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Part of what's been keeping me busy lately is I just started a Neighborhood Watch group. Since the Sheriff's levy was voted down, we now have no law enforcement presence in our area. As a result, crime has been on the increase. Mostly petty thefts . . . but our community, like so many others around the country . . . refuses to sit by and watch our neighborhoods become easy targets.

So, we're working together, keeping our eyes and ears open to help keep our community safe. I'm putting together a phone/email alert system. Some of the men are driving patrol routes; some of the women are starting a horse posse for daytime patrols.

We're in a rural community, mostly retired folks, 6 miles away from a tiny town, 35 miles from a small town (pop 30,000) and 75 miles from a 'big' city (pop. over 50,000).

Love being able to contribute to my community.
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    emoticon Sounds like you have a good group, willing to work as a team.
    2384 days ago
    Good for you . When my husband was with the sheriff's department in Spokane, WA he helped train and organize neighborhood watch's. Some of the things he taught was safety awareness, such as keep shrubs cut short near windows, don't have low hanging branches near windows, have low wattage lights by front doors. Brighter ones allow someone to hide in areas that are blind spots because of bright light to you, put 3 inch screws in door facing (it makes doors harder to break in) on dead bolts have inside that the bolt turns, not the ones with keys on inside, this makes it easier for you to escape, become familiar with what your neighbors drive, so if unfamiliar vehicles take down license numbers. Don't have high chain link fences in from of your house, can make it hard to see through in the dark. I'm sure you have your own list but just in case you missed something.

    My niece's husband is with the police department in Austin, TX and before he became a detective he was involved in community watch and awareness programs.
    2384 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/7/2013 7:49:47 PM
    2384 days ago
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    Good for you!!
    2385 days ago
    Good for you. Too much happens from people NOT being willing to get involved.
    2385 days ago
    I guess even the rural areas aren't immune to crime. Nothing like a strong neighborhood watch though. Good for you starting one up.
    2385 days ago
    That is so awesome! Wonderful that you can your neighbors can get involved.
    2385 days ago
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