Thursday, February 22, 2007
Police encourage neighborhood watches
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs Police Department is getting credit for what it has been doing all along, night patrolling of businesses and residential areas, said chief Robert Pearson.
But the community is now more aware of the night patrols because police officers are now leaving their calling cards, an orange card that shows which officer checked a business to make sure the door is locked and everything is secure.
Pearson said no calling card is left at residences, but officers do patrol neighborhoods as well.
“We don’t just patrol the business community; we do everything we can to patrol businesses and residences,” Pearson said. “By checking, we hope to put a dent in burglary crimes. We check houses and yards from the street. One of our goals here is, if there is a burglary, we want to find it before the owner gets there.”
Pearson said the calling cards were already available but not many officers had been leaving them under the door. It is something he has encouraged officers to do, he said.
He is encouraging more Neighborhood Watch programs in the city where neighbors look out for their neighbors’ property.
“I’d like to see this happen,” he said. “When a neighbor sees suspicious activity, they take notice of it and pass that on to police.”
Neighborhood Watch is a tremendous tool to stop crime, Pearson said.
Anyone who wants to start a Neighborhood Watch should talk to Pearson, and get advice on how to implement it.
Police officers must be included in Neighborhood Watch for it to be successful.
“To be successful, we have to interact with them and attend meetings,” he said.
To learn more about Neighborhood Watch or provide tips on suspicious activities, call the police department at 662-252-2122 and ask to speak to Chief Pearson. Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169 to leave an anonymous tip about suspicious activity with police.
Crime Stoppers pays cash for information that leads to an arrest and conviction for a crime. The caller receives a case number. The caller can check periodically with Crime Stoppers to see if any arrests have been made in their case.
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