The Neighborhood Watch Organization will be holding an interesting and informative meeting this month at the Jarratt Fire Department.
A short program will be presented by Cpl. Eric Johnson of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office on community awareness/alertness on July 20.
“We all need to be aware of our surroundings and what is going on in our neighborhoods and community,” said Greensville County Sheriff Tim Jarratt.
If you have a question or concern that you would like the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office to address, the meeting offers a forum for that, also. Neighborhood Watch will be held in the meeting room on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m.
All residents of Jarratt, Greensville and Sussex Counties as well as Emporia are asked to come and voice your ideas to help the area to prevent crime and make the community a safer place to live and enjoy. Other Neighborhood Watch Groups in Emporia, Greensville, and Sussex are also welcome to attend the short program.
Sheriff Tim Jarratt of the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office, coordinator, is hoping for a large crowd and urging everyone to tell their friends and neighbors about the meeting.
“If you have a concern, the Sheriff’s Office wants to know about it,” he said. “These meetings let citizens stay informed about crimes in the area, express concerns and learn ways of protecting your property and neighborhood. The program and is really making a difference in the crime rate. If more people would participate it could make even more of a difference.
“Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer but it can’t work without concerned citizens like you and me,” he said.
“There are a lot of people who not only care about their own personal safety and property but that of their neighbors. They are making a difference.
“We have solved and prevented many crimes because of alert residents, especially those in Neighborhood Watch who are taught what to watch for and when to call law enforcement. The program really works but we need more neighborhoods to get involved.
“The police can’t be everywhere at once. There are a lot of miles to cover in Greensville and Sussex Counties. We need citizens to be our eyes and ears. I encourage you to get involved in Neighborhood Watch and maybe even start one in your own neighborhood.
“Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation,” said Jarratt. “Your neighbors are among the most important crime-fighting tools you can use.”
For additional information call: Dana Kinsley (434) 637-7553 or Roderic Tuell, (434) 535-9191.
Featured Photo: Teresa Welsh/I-M
Capt. Ernest Giles of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office takes notes on complaints from Jarratt residents during the Neighborhood Watch program earlier this year.