GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Dozens listened to the Greenville Police department call upon the public and community leaders about how to lower crimes in their backyards Thursday evening at the Greenville City Hall.
Departments in the East have said they have trouble with witnesses coming forward after a crime, but Greenville police hope to inspire folks to step up by creating neighborhood watches throughout the community.
By doing so, a better relationship is formed with law enforcement.
“Neighborhood watch provides that,” said Interim Chief of Greenville Police Ted Sauls.
“It provides a means for people to look for things that are out of place and say something. It can be as minescuel as an anonymous phone call to us or it can be as detailed as taking some notes and telling us what’s going on.”
Diane Kulik, Chair of the Greenville Police Community Relations Committee says it as a relatively simple step.
“see something, say something. You would call the police, say this is what I see, hopefully you get a fairly decent description of what these people look like, and then call the police.”
The proactive group heard some good tips for keeping your neighborhood safe.
If you see something suspicious, keep a log. By doing so, it helps police see the criminal trends that are in the area.
Second, make your home as safe as possible. Greenville Police offers to come to your home to take a look at your window locks and door locks and to make any suggestions on how to make your house more secure.
Lastly, keep an eye out on you and your neighbor’s properties. If you see something suspicious give them a call or call the police department.