FREDERICKTOWN — Tips for avoiding holiday crime was the main topic of the Knox Lake Neighborhood watch meeting Monday, but the newly constituted group also had some good news at its fourth meeting.
Sheriff Dave Barber, who has made getting Neighborhood Watch programs up and running before the end of his term this year, a priority, told the group that signs warning criminals that a watch program is operating have been received and will be erected by the Knox County Engineer’s Office in the next few days. He said the knowledge that a watch program is operating helps deter criminals who may be targeting the area.
He also told the group that although the 1-800 crime tip hotline is no longer in service because the provider went out of business, an extension at the sheriff’s office will provide the same service. The number will be 393-6800, ext. 230. An announcement of the new line will be made in the next couple days.
With the holidays around the corner, Barber said that from mid-November until New Year’s Day, people are rushing around, attending events, shopping and getting ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. During these chaotic times, people don’t think about crime prevention. However, crime prevention is mostly common sense; you just have to step back and think about it a little bit.
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