Work to organize a Rural Crime Watch program in Sanford continues, and many residents are expressing their interest.
Organizer Kim Thomas said about 50 Sanford residents attended a public meeting on March 25 to hear Headingley RCMP Corporal Ron McDonald talk about Rural Crime Watch. The next step is to divide up the town into areas and appoint area captains who will contact people living within their areas.
"The word is getting out," Thomas said.
Rural Crime Watch involves local volunteers patrolling their community and reporting suspicious activity to police. According to the program’s brochure, Crime Watch signs on homes and in public locations serve as a visual deterrent for thieves.
While the program’s main purpose is to reduce crime, Thomas said she’s noticing a secondary benefit — building community spirit as people get to know each other.
"It really draws us together as a community too," she said.
For more information on Sanford’s Rural Crime Watch program, contact Thomas at 204-736-3851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org