Twin Cities residents watch out for neighbors

Twin Cities residents watch out for neighbors

Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 9:04 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Neighbors in the Twin Cities are watching out for one another.
Both Fulton and South Fulton are establishing Neighborhood Watch, an organized group of citizens committed to crime prevention in their communities.
Fulton’s first Neigh-borhood Watch commit-tee meeting was held in October 2009 and, since that time, there have been regular meetings held the second Thursday of each month, according to Fulton Mayor Dan Voegeli.
The next meeting will be held at 7 tonight at Fulton City Hall.
During the meetings, statistics are provided con-cerning law enforcement activity during the previous month. In addition, a portion of the meeting is devoted to delivering some sort of individual educational information.
“As we are seven months into this program, a number of neighborhoods are represented and we continue to receive indications of interest from even more areas of the city,” Voegeli said. “Fulton Police Chief Terry Powell advises that his department has begun to receive information from Neighborhood Watch participants as they become the ‘eyes and ears’ of law enforcement agencies.
“Chief Powell believes establishing better com-munication with the citizens of Fulton is essential to the effectiveness of his department. He thinks the Neighborhood Watch program is a vital link in better protecting our citizens and helping them feel more secure in their homes and businesses,” he added.
Across the state line, the newly-implemented South Fulton Neighborhood Watch Program is “still going,” according to South Fulton city manager Jeff Vowell, with the next meeting scheduled for June 1 at the Harvey O. Vick Community Room at the city’s municipal complex.
“The attendance for the meetings has been stable but hasn’t grown like we had hoped to this point,” Vowell said. “I know they are raising money and distributing flyers and what-not to try to get more people involved. We will remain committed to it and, hopefully, more folks will get interested and participate in the coming months.”
Vowell said he has had some preliminary discussions with Voegeli in regard to possibly merging the two cities’ programs in some way, but no action has resulted yet.
Voegeli said the police departments in Fulton and South Fulton work very well in support of one another.
“We welcome the efforts of the City of South Fulton to establish a Neighborhood Watch program. Our goal in all of this is working toward the time when the entire Twin City community can feel it has eliminated crime in our corner of the world,” he said.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.13.10

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