Neighborhood block watch program now a reality

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By Lynette Mason

Mayor Don Pay has been working with local citizens and law enforcement officials to establish “Neighborhood Watch Programs” for over a year — with a goal of having programs completed throughout all of the City of Taylorsville by the end of the year.

“I believe this will prove to be a positive deterrent to crime in our community,” said Pay. “It is that simple — when folks drive into a neighborhood with a Block Watch program they notice — and it does make a difference,” he said.

The Neighborhood Watch Program, or “Block Watch,” is a free, community-based crime prevention program sponsored by the Kentucky Crime Prevention Coalition. This is a program that encourages neighbors to make a commitment to watch out for each others’ homes and to report suspicious activities to the police and to each other. Neighbors also keep each other informed about specific occurrences, burglaries, thefts, and other crimes on their streets.

Just last week, Pay and Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis met to mark the posting of the first signs in Taylorsville’s Early Wyne Subdivision, located just off of Ky. 44.
The plans were to post several signs in the Early Wyne Subdivision before proceeding on to Highview Subdivision to begin posting signs in that neighborhood.

“This program is based upon the old-fashioned concept of neighbors watching after neighbors,” Lewis said.

The program improves relations between the police department and the communities it serves.

It encourages residents to take a proactive approach to crime prevention and safety. Block Watch provides a means for the community to take responsibility for its own safety by reducing the opportunity for crime.

“Don’t be afraid to call the police if you suspect any illegal activity in your neighborhood,” Lewis said.

He added that people often are hesitant to report suspicious activity.

“However, this program works best when people are working together to make their communities safe,” Lewis said.

Call the Taylorsville Police Department at (502) 477-5533 to report any suspicious activity. Anyone who calls to report a crime or suspicious activity can remain anonymous.