Crime Prevention in Thomasville

Neighborhood watch programs are essential to the success of this campaign and crime prevention efforts in the Rose City.

Neighborhoods throughout the Rose City are joining forces to fight crime and promote community spirit. Police say there are about 15 active neighborhood watch programs, some semi-active groups, and some that meet on a need-basis.

Valerie Geter of College Terrace neighborhood watch, says, "We discuss issues that are important to our community as far as trying to get the young children turned around so they won't result to going into violence, drugs and alcohol."

Police say that participating in a neighborhood watch program not only helps keep neighborhoods safe, but also makes their job easier.

SGT Rachelle Denmark with TPD says, "It gives us a chance to get out in the community and actually hold meetings with the citizens and they can tell us face to face what is going on in their neighborhoods."

Lynne Bradley of Hunter's Chase neighborhood watch says, "It helps our residents get to know each other, a better relationship with the Police Department, and just uniting the community together."

Watch captains say they are seeing results and making progress.

Geter says, "Every month we're seeing more and more parents coming to the meetings and less and less children standing around doing nothing."

It’s a citywide effort to lower crime and build safe neighborhoods. Thomasville's "National Night Out" will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Paradise Park.

Local neighborhood watch groups will educate the public on safety, theft prevention and drug and alcohol awareness.