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Sheriff's Department Looking For Neighborhood Watch Volunteers

“Neighborhood Watch is the eyes and ears for the police within the community."

Would you be part of Lake Elsinore-Wildomar's Neighborhood Watch? Do you think Lake Elsinore-Wildomar needs a Neighborhood Watch program?

Councilwoman Bridgette Moore’s Facebook post is calling Lake Elsinore and Wildomar residents to attend a Neighborhood Watch meeting.

“A Neighborhood Watch Program can put the neighbor back into neighborhood by creating a sense of community,” Moore posted.

During a recent Wildomar City Council meeting, Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station Captain Shelley Kennedy-Smith also urged citizens to turn out and learn more about the program that is designed to help keep neighborhoods safer.

The meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at 333 W. Limited St. in Lake Elsinore.

“Neighborhood Watch is the eyes and ears for the police within the community. It brings citizens and law enforcement together to reduce crime,” Moore said.

Martha L. Bridges January 20, 2013 at 07:28 PM
My neighborhood certainly could use a watch team. However, the key to any neighborhood watch program is that it be truly localized and free of all political influence.
Roberto January 20, 2013 at 07:38 PM
We recently had a robbery in my neighbourhood. To my knowledge, this is the 1st I've heard of one in my area. I pack heat. You pick the night or or day to rob my home. RC Sheriff's are a waste of time and a joke.
Matt Galloway January 20, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Isn't neighborhood watch a little like fighting crime with feelings? Neighborhood watch ends free speech. I mean really we have a police force which derives its authority from the constitution and you want to do what???
The Teller of Truth January 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Don't worry Marfa, Ms. Moore won't be overseeing you if you choose to start up a neighborhood watch. Nothing to worry about. It might just give you something positive to do & occupy your time doing something good for your fellow neighbors, for a change of pace.
Martha L. Bridges January 21, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Local police coverage has been cut to the bone. Here in Wildomar where people voted for incorporation on the promise of better, more robust and responsive police protection, we now have have sworn officer coverage of just 40 hours per day to police 24 square miles. Superman couldn't do the job well! We also have police and code enforcement that are being used or restrained from acting at the whim of elected officials for purely political reasons. If you don't believe me, read the codes and then go look at the properties that aren't in compliance. If you really want to have fun, take your camera with you!
Martha L. Bridges January 21, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Most police derive their authority not from the constitution but from the will of local elected officials and the law. Neighborhood watch teams, acting in conjunction with the local sworn officers, can be very effective in improving safety and preventing crime. However, the whole process is tainted when it is hampered by the presence and interference of local elected officials and their cronies. The whole idea is to build a good, independent working relationship between the citizens and the police - usually because the elected officials have failed to provide for adequate police coverage.
Constant Comment January 21, 2013 at 02:33 AM
So where are the 'Corruption Busters' when you need them? They could branch out and start a whole other 'action squad' called the "Criminal Busters Part Deux" ! }~)
Constant Comment January 21, 2013 at 02:43 AM
What is "sworn officer coverage" ? "If you really want to have fun, take your camera with you!" Believe it or not, that is not some peoples idea of fun.....:~\ "the elected officials have failed to provide for adequate police coverage." Yet when they broadcast vthat they are looking for some help with this, all you do is whine and condemn them for it. Have you ever done anything GOOD for your community Marfa?
Ken Mayes January 21, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Neighborhood watch requires a neighborhood. I can walk down the middle of the street in 2 of the surrounding neighborhoods most hours of the day or night and not see a single soul. One of those neighborhoods had a sheriffs officer (administration, not a patrol deputy) come out and explain the program some years back and about 3/4 of the neighborhood showed up, everyone chipped in $5.00 for signs to be placed at the entrances to the track and that was the extent of their involvement. It doesn't help that every time I have had to have a deputy come to the area it is a different deputy therefore they have absolutely no knowledge of the area they are patrolling, not since the COP Program in the mid-nineties.
Constant Comment January 21, 2013 at 03:37 AM
A 'neighborhood' is only as good or as strong as the people in it. }~)
Martha L. Bridges January 21, 2013 at 06:16 PM
"Neighborhood watch teams, acting in conjunction with the local sworn officers, can be very effective in improving safety and preventing crime." What part of that statement is whining or condemning? The police have pleaded time and again for more staff. They need our help and cooperation and that needs to be done with a direct connection between the people and the police. Having some self-serving politician stuck in between will only muddy the waters and slow the process.
The Teller of Truth January 21, 2013 at 06:51 PM
You don't even see how you constantly belittle , meddle and whine about anything that the GREAT AND POWERFUL AND ALL KNOWING CITY COUNCIL says or does. You lost! Get over it already! Your tainted comments only reveal what a sore loser you are.
Theotis January 22, 2013 at 04:48 PM
The Wildomar Witch speaketh
Belinda January 23, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Interesting that this topic came up. Our neighbors house got robbed during the day yesterday. Our neighbor came over and told us and asked if we heard anything. He said the police was on there way. Don't you think the police should have knocked on our door to ask questions or at least tell us the house next to us was broken into? Seriously, would be nice to be informed. I guess I should go around and knock on everyone's door to tell them???
Belinda January 23, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Sorry, we live in Lake Elsinore.
Dan Baldwin February 06, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Will someone from the Patch be at the meeting tonight to report?
Belinda February 06, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Well, now the other neighbor next to us and 3 more on our street got robbed last week. What the heck? We thought we lived in a decent neighborhood? The police took almost 3 hours to come to the one neighbors house. Really???

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