Used in neighborhoods around the nation, the program helps reduce crime and increase property values.
Amy Beechy, the local project manager for the Neighborhood Watch program, said the system could bring neighbors closer during Tuesday’s Diversity Dynamics meeting.
“You see a reduction in crime, and an increase in property values, and increased cohesion with neighbors,” Beechy said.
The increased communication among neighbors is an important part of how the program helps to lower crime, she said.
“When you know them a little more intimately, then you know when things aren’t maybe how they should be,” Beechy said.
The program is sponsored by a grant from the United Way and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Beechy said the program would begin enrolling interested residents within a month.
The participating organizations — which include United Way of Cass County and the Logansport Police Department — hope to have 10 neighborhood watch programs organized before the end of 2010.
Beechy said interested groups should first contact the Logansport Police Department, then a police officer will be sent to speak with the organization.
• Mark R. Fletcher is a reporter for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5148 or email@example.com