NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police say neighborhood watch groups are making a difference in fighting crime.
They’ve been around for more than 40 years and started with neighbors calling neighbors. It has since expanded to social media, allowing more eyes and ears to monitor what’s going on.
“We have numerous success stories of how we track these people,” said Von Moye, who started the East Nashville Neighborhood Watch Facebook page.
After having success in Virginia running more than 25 neighborhood watch groups, Moye took the group to another level by posting online.
“There’s always been a neighborhood watch but not to this magnitude. It’s the way of the future for neighborhood watches,” he said.
The East Nashville Neighborhood Watch page has around 5,000 members.
In addition to providing a platform of criminal activity monitoring the area, the group has weekly meetings with police.
“This connection with the community is such a good resource for us,” said Sergeant Michael Fisher with Metro’s East Precinct.
He told News 2 crime is down in the east Nashville community by 6.7 percent from this time last year, which is more than 160 less victims– and he credits the group for helping.
“We’ve caught a number of burglars that way, so it’s definitely a good thing for us,” Sgt. Fisher explained.
He also said that it’s hard to keep count as to how many neighborhood watch groups there are, as they often dissipate after a crime is solved and that neighborhood associations are more sustainable.
“Issues related to crime and safety, it’s not just the job of police its a cooperative effort.”
In addition to joining the group and attending the weekly meetings, Moye urges residents to post Neighborhood Watch signs.
He created new ones in hopes of encouraging neighbors while also discouraging criminals.
“If we all get on the same page and we watch and support this I promise you, you will see the crime come down in east Nashville, it will be safer,” said Moye.
The signs are for sale at Cumberland Hardware in 5-Points and in Inglewood at True Value Hardware.
There is a neighborhood watch planning guide on Metro’s website. Click here to check it out.
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