Neighborhood Watch program advances

By LINDA LANE linda@prairiepress.net
Posted 1/10/22

Police Chief Terry Rogers voiced support for the work of those creating a Neighborhood Watch during the group’s meeting Monday, Jan. 4, at Memorial School. 

Some of the goals of the …

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Police Chief Terry Rogers voiced support for the work of those creating a Neighborhood Watch during the group’s meeting Monday, Jan. 4, at Memorial School. 

Some of the goals of the program identified by a steering committee are to reduce crime, to better improve the quality of life, give a sense of security to the community, create community pride, help others and be the extra set of eyes and ears for local law enforcement.

Bob Sinclair, Coordinator of the Neighborhood Watch in Paris, said the committee has divided Paris into 12 sectors. Each sector has a contact person or leader to organize and establish a plan and recruit other people within the sector to help implement the plans. Each volunteer will be trained to provide information to people within the sector and to distribute neighborhood watch sheets to those residing in that area.

A reporting process will be put into place along with steps to improve the process. In addition, plans are being made to place Neighborhood Watch signs throughout the city and offer stickers to place on doors or windows of homes.

Scott Foster, one of the sector leaders, reported canvassing the neighborhood where he lives and discovered full support for the program from all the area residents.  Foster said everyone is on board to stop crime and make it a more safe and secure neighborhood.

Scott Moore, another sector leader, reviewed what individuals can do to deter crime. Some of Moore’s suggestions were: Rekey the locks after buying a new home; lock garage doors and always keep garage door closed, even when home; secure exterior doors with deadbolts, pins and other devices; keep low hanging tree limbs trimmed; inspect doors and windows for rot or weak boards.

He added at vacation time make sure the garage door is not only locked but additionally secured with a C-clamp and don’t post on social media any pictures or information indicating the house is not occupied. It is a good idea to have a neighbor collect mail and other deliveries.

Moore also suggested investing in a Wi-Fi door opener, security alarms and sufficient exterior lighting. Other tips offered were to secure personal information, use a diversion safe and create an inventory of valuables that is kept in a safe place. Always know who is coming into the house, such as a contractor or repairman, and consider getting a dog to protect the home, 

    Doug Cochran, the county coordinator, gave a presentation on his plans for the county. 

“This is not just a city issue, but an entire county issue,” Cochran said. “This is an observation and report only process.”

Cochran, who is a Kansas village police officer, plans to meet with other village and town boards to implement the process in other communities.

The next meeting is 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Memorial School. Interested persons are encouraged to attend.