After neighborhood watch meeting, potential watches set for Arab

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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police is hoping the interest showed at a neighborhood watch meeting turns into action.

Arab has seen a spike in some crimes over the last few weeks. More often than not, that crime is burglary.

However, the department noticed crime is decreasing in two areas with neighborhood watch programs, so officials held a meeting to recruit more neighborhoods to start their own watch, and it was successful. “We see probably three neighborhood watches starting up.” Chief Ed Ralston says. He says that’s on top of the two that are already in place.

Chief Ralston says there was interest from all over the community. “We had members from the west side of town, the east side of town, and even the north side of town.” That means good news for the department, because with current staffing shortages the more eyes the better, and officers hope that will lead to less crime.

“This means more eyes out there,” Chief Ralston says, “So if we can get them to do it in the proper manner and notify us when they should or when they see something then it’s a great tool for us. It really, really helps.”

The department is looking for even more people to get watches going, and is asking any interested resident to contact them.

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