Police hit the streets to promote neighborhood watch program

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Gautier's newest crime prevention officer hit the streets today to encourage more people to report crimes. They said what better way to do that than to continue pushing neighborhood watch programs.

"We want neighbors to be nosy, but we want them to be nosy for a good reason," Gautier's Crime Prevention Officer Diane Schmid said.

Schmid said that reason is so residents can live in a crime-free and drug-free city. Schmid went door-to-door in Gautier handing out neighborhood watch flyers to boost that effort.

"Even if they are not home, or I don't get to see them personally, I still try to leave them a flyer," Schmid said.

Right now, there are about a half dozen neighborhood watch programs city-wide. Including at the Cambridge Square Subdivision, where there was a brutal home invasion in January.

"I would like you to come to the neighborhood watch," she said to a resident.

Schmid said attendance has not been great at most meetings, but she is working to change that. She said one way is by showing people police care enough to go to their door step.

Going to each door step is one way, Schmid said, would encourage residents to join the effort and help spot suspicious activity on their block.

"It also helps the police by being our eyes and ears when we can't be there," she added.

Schmid got a lot of support from the Woodworth family on Sunday. They live in Cambridge and said they wouldn't mind being a part of a neighborhood watch crew.

"With so many people working, you don't really have the connection and I think this will help," Resident Linda Woodworth said.

Schmid said she will keep walking these streets and knocking on doors until she can get every neighbor to be nosier to help keep Gautier safe.

If you want to get involved, Gautier police will hold a neighborhood watch meeting, Monday at the Cambridge Baptist Church at 7 p.m.

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