Police Say More Neighborhood Watch Groups Are Needed

Community leaders are encouraging people in the valley area to form neighborhood watch groups after thousands of burglaries and other major crimes continue to plague the Columbus area.

In District 1 alone, there were 5 murders, 11 rapes, over one thousand burglaries and nearly 2 thousand larcenies in 2014. Police encouraged people Tuesday night at a community meeting to form neighborhood watch groups. They also say people need to be sure their homes aren't an easy target by posting a home security sign or sign indicating they have a dog, in their lawn."Any type of noise of if they can put their lights on timers and change that up so to give the allusion that somebody is at home even if they're not," says CPL. Randy Brown with Crime Prevention with the Columbus Police Department.

Officers are gearing up to meet local neighborhood watch groups in August during the National Night Out event where law enforcement teams visit block parties around the community.

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