FREMONT – Many people want to help make sure their neighbors and neighborhoods are safe and cared for, but aren’t sure how to help. The Fremont Area Women of Today want to spread the word about the Neighborhood Watch program to help people get involved.
A neighborhood watch is an organized group of civilians devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a neighborhood. Fremont currently has two active Neighborhood Watch programs – one in the Clemmons Park neighborhood and one in a northwest Fremont neighborhood. Many other neighborhoods may have Neighborhood Watch signs, but no longer have an active group involved in the area.
Neighborhood Watch groups are fairly simple to establish and keep active – a chairperson for the neighborhood recruits others to help keep an eye out for suspicious behavior or unsafe situations. Most Watch groups formally meet just once or twice a year. The Fremont Police often establish connections with these groups, and can come to their informational meetings to help the volunteers learn what to watch out for, and what should not be reported.
The organizational, informational meeting for those interested in participating in or forming a Neighborhood Watch program will be held this Wednesday, August 21st, at 6:30PM in the First State Bank Education Center at 1005 E 23rd.