The Grantsville Police Dept. is sponsoring
Neighborhood Watch, a crime prevention program where neighbors look out
for each other.
It encourages neighbors and citizen participants to
get to know each other and their routines so that any unusual activity
can be observed, reported, and investigated by the police department.
It also teaches citizens the techniques to reduce
the risks of being victimized at home, in a vehicle, at work, or in
Neighborhood Watch is not a force working outside
or against the procedures of the local police department, nor is it a
vigilante program to allow participants to take on personal risks to
deter or prevent crime. It is not a guarantee that crime will not occur
or decrease in the town.
The town’s police officers are trained, have good
equipment, and a record of taking care of problems, but because the
budget only allows for chief Jeff Starcher and two part time officers,
Joe Garrett and Rob Bradley, there are times when there is not an
officer on duty.
Situations in which there is no law enforcement
coverage in Grantsville is rare. The police department has good
cooperation with other law enforcement officers in the county, but so
much more can be done to prevent crime by involvement of Grantsville’s
The program is under the direction of the police
department to protect the participants. Window stickers and signs at the
entrance to the town will soon be available.
Citizens are being recruited to volunteer for this
service and to meet quarterly. They receive instructions in ways to have
a safer community and in ways of looking out for their neighbors without
With 20 residents attending the first meeting,
Starcher considered it a success.
Grantsville can be a better place to live with the
cooperation of residents. Call Grantsville Police Dept., 354-6400, for
The Chronicle will publish a series of articles
with information that will help everyone be more responsible.