JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – When you’re out walking your four-legged friends, the Jacksonville Police Department wants you to help reduce crime.
It’s part of a new program where dog walkers can report suspicious activity anonymously.
The Dog Walker Watch Program is a way for folks out walking their four-legged friends to report suspicious activity while remaining anonymous. The program works in conjunction with Text A Tip, which allows users to text a tip instead of call.
Community officer Andrew Kruczko is helping to get the program started. He said the biggest challenge is getting dog walkers to pay attention to their surroundings, “This town is a military town. You have a lot of people that own dogs. All hours of the day, all sorts of weather, they’re out and about and it would very much help us if those people would see suspicious and or criminal activity and report it to us.”
Kruczko will be out this Saturday at the PetSmart off of Yopp Road from 11:30 to 5:30 p.m. to talk to folks about how they can be active in their community.
If you see suspicious activity, text Tip4CSJAX and your tip to 274637.