Rather than wait for crime to happen, the Callonwood neighborhood in Stallings has created its own neighborhood watch program.
Think that might be a good idea for your neighborhood? They can tell you how it's done.
It starts and ends with a lot of organization and volunteer hours.
Callonwood's effort was spearheaded by Pam Taylor, who worked with Sgt. Mike Kane of the Stallings Police Department.
“The theory is knowledge is alertness,” Taylor reiterated.
They designed a flow chart for channels of communication following a crime.
Taylor, along with Candace Russell, co-chairs the committee in charge. They divided the neighborhood into 42 blocks, each with 10 to 15 homes “to keep it manageable,” Taylor said. Each block will have a captain, in charge of a communication network.
Neighbors' e-mail addresses are collected to communicate about crime and safety. Sgt. Kane has a distribution list, as well as Taylor. Crime and safety news also are posted on the neighborhood Web site and newsletter.
In addition, neighborhood watch signs are posted at the entrances and park area. Some residents ordered license plates for the fronts of their cars promoting the neighborhood crime watch program.
Taylor's advice for those wanting to start their own program is to get in touch with the local police department for guidance. She said the hardest part is getting interest in the community.
That “takes time and encouragement,” Kane said, “It is important to look at the specific needs of the community and customize the group to the neighborhood.”
Kane said local law enforcement departments have community resource officers that can offer guidance.