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Letter: Help Start a Wilton Neighborhood Watch

WILTON, Conn. – The following is a letter from the Wilton Police Department about creating neighborhood watch groups.

My name is Officer Diane Papa and I am the crime prevention officer for the Wilton Police Department. I am currently conducting surveys for neighborhoods in our town and setting up Community and Neighborhood Watch programs. If this is something that you would like to be a part of in your area or like to start up in your neighborhood, please contact me.

These programs have been proven to be a cooperative way for police and citizens to attain a safe environment and have been effective in improving ones quality of life. A Watch Program would consist of a neighborhood survey to identify what is troubling to your area, a history of criminal activity, and educational tips on how to work together and be proactive in becoming a smaller target for crime.

It’s important to keep the lines of communication open and this can easily be achieved through an email chain or a phone chain. Resident’s young and old have benefited from these programs by becoming active participants in neighborhood ‘clean ups’ and checking in on the elderly. Once organized, many activities can stem from a Watch Program that will ultimately make for a more aware neighborhood and greater partnership towards crime prevention.

Please take the time to think about this program and discuss it with your family and friends. You can reach me at the Wilton Police Department, 203-834-6260, and please leave a voicemail if I am not in. I look forward to working with you to make your home a smaller target and to improve your quality of life.

Thank you,

Officer Diane M. Papa

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