Bridgeville looking to enact Crime Watch program
By Mike McClure
TheTown of Bridgeville took the first step toward starting a community crime watch group by holding a meeting last Thursday night at town hall. While there were only around 10 citizens (not counting the town commissioners) in attendance, the group plans to go out into the community to get the word out about the next meeting, which will take place at the end of the month.
Bridgeville Commission President Joe Conaway said the town is looking to have a full fledged crime watch group similar to the one in Seaford. The purpose of Thursday’s meeting was to see if there were interested community members.
Conaway reported that the group of teenagers and young adults that were arrested for committing vandalism in town earlier this year have been sentenced and will pay fines and perform community service. While the crime level in Bridgeville is not as high as other communities, the group agreed that action needs to be taken before there is a problem.
“The police can’t be everywhere. We need the neighborhood to help us,” said Conaway, who asked residents to pick up the phone and call the police if they see something strange going on in their neighborhood.
Bridgeville police chief Allen Parsons pointed out that any calls to the police department on nights and weekends automatically kick over to a cell phone that the officer on duty is carrying. When asked about specific crime problems in town Parsons said that the crime has been sporadic and that there is no one trouble area.
The police department recently added a fifth police officer with a sixth full-time officer budgeted for sometime this year. The department will also purchase two new police cars during the new fiscal year.
Police commissioner Bill Jefferson reported that the new officer has three more weeks of training before he will go out on his own. The plan is for the new officer to patrol the town when there is a double shift. He will also do some foot patrols.
Jefferson echoed Conaway’s calls for residents to call the police if they see “something suspicious on your property or your neighbor’s property”.
The town has six citizen watch signs from a previous community watch group. Joanne Conaway suggested the possibility of having safe houses in town for kids to go to if they get in trouble and need help (in addition to the watch group).
One citizen suggested that the commissioners should go out to the community’s churches to help get the word out about the group. Commissioner Earl Greason also suggested passing out community watch cards to people out walking in town. Jefferson added that the cards could have the police department’s phone number on it.
The commissioners agreed to go out to the churches (with permission) and tell residents about the community watch group.
“I can’t do this, we (the commission) can’t do this. The community’s got to come out and support us,” Joe Conaway said
The next community watch group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at town hall.
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