Police chief recruiting neighbors to prevent crime in Moss Point

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis said it's time to take back the streets from the criminals, and he is calling on citizens to help. The chief is rolling out a new campaign to promote neighborhood watch programs.

Chief Davis and Officer Louis Montgomery hit the streets Thursday, asking folks to help combat crime in Moss Point.

"We don't have to reinvent the wheel," Davis said. "We are not having to spend a whole lot of money to combat crime. Programs like neighborhood watch will help us get to that goal."

Officer Montgomery agrees. He's lived in Moss Point for more than 20 years and said there has never been a watch group on his street.

"We need it because it is just a bad crime area."

Right now, there are only about handful of watch groups citywide. Both men say that's just not enough.

"People, for whatever reason, don't feel comfortable talking to law enforcement. We want to take that out of Moss Point."

Police are now encouraging people in the city to sign up and do their part to protect their homes and those around them.

"With the economy the way it is, crime is just only going to get worse," Davis said. "People are going to take advantage of those who don't secure their property correctly. This neighborhood watch program will help establish that."

Several citizens including Leon Millender thinks it's a great idea.  He said people have to start looking out for each other a little bit more.

"Yes ma'am, it is a good thing. My mother is 96-years-old, so, you know, I need neighborhood watch," Millender said.

Chief Davis hopes to recruit more people like Millender who want to live in a safer city. Moss Point is hosting the Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday at Pelican Landing at 4 p.m.  Chief Davis and his police team will be there with information on neighborhood watch programs and crime prevention.

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