St. Charles County Police are asking subdivisions to join its neighborhood watch program. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
The St. Charles County Police Department is asking for more subdivisions to get involved with its neighborhood watch program.
"Anytime a subdivision is being hit hard by crime, we naturally send more resources to that area," Captain David Tiefenbrunn, St. Charles County Police, said.
But sometimes a police presence is not enough.
"I think it’s a very good idea for people to watch out for each other," Pat Dace, a St. Charles County resident, said.
Dace understands the limitations of police and benefits of a neighbor watch program.
"They can't be everywhere so we have to kind of watch out for ourselves a little bit," Dace said.
Now the St. Charles County Police Department wants more people get involved in the program.
"Our neighborhood watch program is designed to prohibit crime or prevent crime in subdivisions," Tiefenbrunn said.
A community sergeant will come to participating subdivisions to educate neighbors
"Provide them with tips on securing their house better, securing their cars, how to prevent being a victim of crime," Tiefenbrunn said.
What may be even more important? Learning when to actually call 911.
"People are reluctant to call police. Sometimes they feel they are imposing on us and they aren't sure what they witnessed is a criminal act,” Tiefenbrunn said. "We would rather come out and be on the safe than sorry side than come out and take a report for a criminal offense."
Officers say posting neighborhood watch signs can also help prevent crime.
"It basically tells criminals they have a neighborhood watch program,” Tiefenbrunn said. “They've been trained to know what to look for."
It’s exactly the kind of message dace wants to send about her neighborhood.
"We watch out for each other in this area especially because mostly there are older seniors," Dace said.