The Big Y Community organized a Community Watch program in May and is now in full operating mode. Its co-chairs, Norman Reed and Jody Bradley, have, with assistance from community members, registered over 50 homes for the program.
Activities include the distribution of Operation Identification forms, procuring funding from the Cherokee Police Department Community Watch program to purchase motion sensor lighting for our elders, Community watch decals and stickers for every home registered, and signs in our community to let visitors know we are watching.
Big Y Community Watch meets the second Tuesday of every month, one hour before regular community club meetings.
“Big Y Community Watch would like to thank Ben Reed, Alicia Wildcatt, and the Cherokee Police Department for their support of our program,” Big Y Community Watch officials related.
Community Watch is a crime prevention program that:
- Teaches citizens techniques to reduce the risk of being victimized at home and in public
- Trains citizens on the importance of recognizing suspicious activities and how to report them
- Teaches participants how to make their homes more secure and properly identify their property
- Allows neighbors to get to know each other and their routines so that any out of place activity can be reported and investigated
- A cohesive body of concerned citizens addressing issues that concern the entire community
Note: If you see suspicious activity or a crime in progress, call 911 immediately! If you have information on a community problem or need to report on-going crimes, contact your Community Watch coordinator. The coordinator will work with the CIPD contact officer to resolve the problem and report back to you on what has been done.
– Big Y Community Watch