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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to form neighborhood watches

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Martel

Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the Sheriff's Office in an effort to reduce crime in their communities. It is an organized group of neighbors who observe more closely any unusual activity in their neighborhoods. They can simply observe and report the activity to the Sheriff's Office.

"Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most recognized programs to help neighborhoods fight crime," said Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Bernadette Smith. "You can make a difference."

The sheriff's office has enlisted the assistance of Citizen Patrol member Tom Martel to assist with Neighborhood Watch programs in various Douglas County communities. He has been a member of Citizen Patrol in Douglas County for the past three years. He was a former sworn peace officer, a court appointed investigator and a securities fraud investigator in Arizona.

Martel wants to speak to those concerned citizens who want to start a new, or simply strengthen the existing, neighborhood watch program. Call Martel at 413-0260 or email him at neighborhoodwatch@douglasnv.us to speak to him about crime statistics, how and when to phone in suspicious activity or about hosting a neighborhood watch meeting in your area.