WEST FARMINGTON -- The opportunity to start a volunteer Neighborhood Watch is coming to this northern Trumbull County community.
A 10 a.m. July 16 community meeting about Neighborhood Watch at Farmington Town Hall is sponsored by the Trumbull County Citizen Corps, Department of Homeland Security and county sheriff.
Sheriff's road patrols up north this year have been curtailed because of county budget shortages. This program involves neighbors getting to know each other, and working together in a program of mutual assistance.
Citizens are trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods. They're also told about crime prevention techniques such as residential security.
Neighbors can help by canvassing their neighborhood and discussing crime problems. The residents in a block know better than anyone else what is usual or unusual, normal or suspicious, organizers said.
Neighborhood Watch, however, leaves the responsibility for apprehending criminals with local law enforcement agencies. The network of neighbors serves as eyes and ears for law enforcement in their communities.