Thursday, July 3, 2014
The Auxvasse Police Department is trying to have a few more eyes on the street, but it won’t be uniformed officers.
The unit will host a meeting for prospective members of a neighborhood watch program at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at Auxvasse City Hall.
The event will provide information for all interested parties about where help is needed and how much assistance will be necessary. The city has had a neighborhood watch in the past, but its revival has been tossed around city hall the last couple of years, according to Auxvasse City Clerk Missy Hooks.
According to Hooks, the discussion of the neighborhood watch’s re-emergence has picked up in the last six months due to rashes of burglaries and juvenile vandalism throughout the city.
Though details of what the watch will entail weren’t discussed, Hooks said it could be as simple as calling or texting an officer if you witness something suspicious.
“When we have citizens complain about stuff, if they don’t report it to us until a week or two later, it’s too late,” Hooks said. “If they can make a phone call (to the police) immediately and let someone know what’s going on, they can approach it in a better manner.”
Auxvasse Police Chief Kevin Suedmeyer echoed the need for more citizens to take note of criminal behavior around town and believes that an open line of communication with the police department will make it easier to come forward when Auxvasse residents witness wrongdoing.
“The more eyes you have watching, the better you are,” Suedmeyer said.
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