could benefit from Neighborhood Watch program, sheriff's
March 17, 2009 | LEWISTON -- The Cache County Sheriff
responded to 286 incidents in Lewiston in 2008, in which
"36 of those incidents are times when an active Neighborhood
Watch program may have deterred criminal activity,"
said Erin Kay Griffeth of the Cache County Sheriff's
The CCSO encouraged Lewiston along with other cities
at the February city council meeting to adopt a Neighborhood
Watch program to prevent crime.
"Lewiston City doesn't really have a Neighborhood
Watch program in place," wrote Griffeth in an e-mail
March 13. "In fact, there are no 'active' Neighborhood
Watch programs in the county that I know of."
She said of the Lewiston incidents in 2008, a Neighborhood
Watch program could have deterred three incidents of
burglary, eight of criminal mischief, one suspicious
incident, 18 incidents of suspicious persons, five of
theft, and one incident of vandalism. There were also
reported incidents of domestic problems, child abuse
and neglect, weapons offenses, and rape.
"Most neighborhoods are interested in information,
but not really active participation," said Griffeth.
In the CCSO Neighborhood Watch Informational Brochure
it states that "Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention
program based on the concept of cooperation between
citizens and law enforcement, and is designed to help
citizens be the eyes and ears in their community for
law enforcement. In short, it is neighbors watching
out for neighbors to establish control of their neighborhoods
in order to reduce crime rates and increase the quality
"The purpose of Neighborhood Watch is to make individuals
aware of the steps they can take to make their homes
more secure, to show citizens how they can work together
with neighbors to protect their entire neighborhood,
and to make the Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement
agencies more effective in the fight against crime through
citizen involvement and participation. It focuses on
observation and awareness as a means of preventing crime."
For more information you can go to the site at http://www.cachesheriff.com/Community/crimewatch.htm