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Neighbors watch groups tilt scales in crime fight
From January until July 7 of this year, compared to the same time last year, Bernard said the department had a noticeable drop in reports of thefts from vehicles, part of which he attributed to the groups.
"Basically, it is about sharing information and educating our members. We want to keep everyone informed. If you see something, say something, maybe even get a license plate number," Geddes said.
"It definitely makes a difference in the town. Burglaries are way down," Geddes said.
Auburn Police Capt. Gary Bartis said the statistics back Geddes' claim of fewer burglaries and thefts.
"They are very useful. We have over 20 groups that are broken up into different parts of the city. We have a good relationship with them, and we have an officer who attends their weekly meetings to share information," Hammond said.
As technology continues to evolve, so must neighborhood watch groups, Pembroke Police Chief Dwayne Gillman said.
"Everyone has a smart phone now," he said.
"Even if you don't have a neighborhood watch, it is still important to call the police if something doesn't look right; we get paid to do what we do. I have never heard a single police officer complain that someone was calling in too much. It's a non-issue," Gillman said.
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