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Neighborhood Crime Watch Program

April 28th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

We’re exploring what it would take to implement a neighborhood crime watch program for Franklin Trace. I am working on scheduling an introductory meeting with the program coordinator so we can learn about the program. More information will be coming soon…what I do know is that smaller sections are ideal – 20 or so houses. So it would make sense that each street/cul-de-sac in the neighborhood is its own section. And we will need people to volunteer who are willing to communicate information, inform new neighbors about the program, etc. So please be thinking about it, and I’ll let you know when I have a date and time scheduled.


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  1. Wendy Harlow
    May 3rd, 2010 at 07:54 | #1

    Comment from Dawn Fort:
    In reference to the neighborhood crime watch, I personally think 20
    houses is too many. Just due to the fact the first major break-in was 3
    lots over and we are at a busy intersection of the neighborhood and
    didn’t notice a thing. We can barely see their house the way it is
    facing. I have even seen neighbors taking dogs for walks or their kids
    and just leaving up their garage door, so I try to watch as long as I
    can until I see them back. But you never know!

    I personally would prefer a smaller group and then if everyone agreed
    then maybe the neighbors at the end of one crime watch area can keep in
    touch with the continuing watch area, maybe a crime watch phone/email
    tree or something? Just some way we can communicate with the next
    section and we can go all around the neighborhood that way.

    We personally have updated our security system and changed ALL
    passwords. I think this might be good for everyone with a system. I
    would also caution people to watch their mailboxes. I have been out
    late (2 or 3am) with the dog and noticed people placing things in our
    mailboxes, maybe that could be someone just checking out our area. I
    think we have a great neighborhood that we are proud to live in and want
    all of our neighbors and children to be safe.

    One more question, I am on a email notification for if any sex offenders
    move within 10-15 miles of my personal address, would anyone want me to
    share that? Again, not to make people nervous but to just bring
    awareness. If we are prepared then hopefully we will not have to worry
    about these things.

    Sorry for rambling…..just a long time FT neighbor!!
    Dawn & Stuart Fort
    7206 FPB

  2. Wendy Harlow
    May 3rd, 2010 at 07:59 | #2

    The Crime Watch people said they would tell us the most optimum areas of the neighborhood to set up groups based on house placement. Anyone who is interested should come to the meeting (first week in June, date TBD) to volunteer. They said we have to have three volunteers for each small area that participates. Tell your neighbors! 🙂

  3. Sharon Neal
    June 18th, 2010 at 10:32 | #3

    Dawn Fort mentioned something that is vital. Your mail box. We placed two donation checks in the mail box to be picked up by our mail carrier. They were removed by a thief, our account was utilized in a forgery scam where stolen checks were utlized (not ours) and our bank account was hit for several thousand of dollars. This was a bad experience. We do not leave an invoice & check in the box for pick up. We take most of our mail directly to the post office. FBI couldn’t not begin to take care of this type of offense. It became federal when they removed the mail from our Mail Box. Bank did assume responsibility and replaced the money in our account and if anyone takes a check and wants to deposit part of the check amount and also receive cash back they must show picture ID. I learned real fast how to use a debit card. These thieves utilized Chase Banks all over the city of Indianapolis. Good Point Dawn………watch you mail box..

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