Friday, March 6, 2009

Why Start a Neighborhood Watch Program

Officer Henry Slack told me that "having an active Neighborhood Watch Program in you neighborhood is key in deterring and in the worst case solving a burglary."

"There can’t be a police officer on every block at all times, so community involvement is a must in order to reduce the opportunity for crime to take place. Citizens such as yourself and your neighbors usually know what is going on in your neighborhoods.

If we can join together in an effort to address crime problems, fears, and issues dealing with your neighborhood concerns, we can make a difference – but only if we do this TOGETHER.

Neighborhood Crime Watch programs require active participation of citizens to reduce crime by doing several simple things. The first requirement is neighbors getting to know each other. Secondly, citizens become educated regarding activities that are suspicious and are taught where and how to report it. Thirdly, citizens are taught about home and personal safety.

This program has proved effective in reducing crime throughout the nation and has made a difference in El Paso. If you wish to learn more about Neighborhood Watch Programs, feel free to contact your local police Regional Command Center for more information.

Officer H. Slack #2106, 915-838-8013,"

Officer Slack also mentioned that robberies are up here in central El Paso - 13 just from February until now. The target: "Mom and Pop" stores that traditionally do not have cash drop safes, no surveillance video, and keep larger amount of cash in the registers than the large franchise convenience stores."

A robbery occurs when a "person commits an offense if, in the course of committing theft and with intent to obtain or maintain control of the property, he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or intentionally or knowingly threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death."
If you would like more information about what to do in case of a robbery, contact Officer Slack.

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