(KMOV) St. Louis County Police kicked off a new crime prevention program in North County on Saturday aimed at physical fitness and community policing.
Authorities are encouraging residents to put on their walking shoes and keep a close eye on their surroundings.
Participants will use pedometers to record their steps taken each day over a 12-week period. If residents don't own a pedometer, police will provide residents with one, free of charge, at Saturday's kickoff event.
"The more eyes and ears out there, that's the premise of neighborhood watch. More people we have out there telling us what's going on the more efficiently we can do our job", says Officer Eva Fischer.
St. Louis County Police say they will be handing out awards to the people who log the most miles and will award the subdivision with the most participants.
The event kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the North County Rec Center.