COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a communitywide Neighborhood Watch meeting for the Silos subdivision complex at 1 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse.
The public is invited.
According to NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Cortney Morrison, the event will include the entire complex — the Villages, the Legends and the Silos.
“It will be an open forum,” Morrison said. “The sheriff’s office will be talking about how we will be proactive in the area to hopefully circumvent criminal incidents, and we’ll be giving information to residents about what they can also do to assist us.”
The Silos complex has had several shooting incidents in recent months, as well as burglaries and robberies that have caused alarm among the residents and caused law enforcement to concentrate on the area.
Morrison said the NCSO wants to reassure residents so they won’t become alarmed when they see more patrols in the area.
“It’s one of the steps we’re taking to hopefully eliminate some of the criminal activity that is going on there,” Morrison said.
She said residents would be encouraged to call 911 the minute they see anything they think might be suspicious in their neighborhood.
“Even if it turns out to be nothing, go ahead and call 911 and have a deputy respond,” Morrison said. “This can be done anonymously, and we’d rather come out and investigate and it be nothing as opposed to not coming out and there be a problem. At least give us the opportunity to respond. Let us determine that it’s nothing.”
She also said residents would be encouraged to get to know one another.
“There are a lot of good people out there, and we encourage them to keep an eye on their neighbor’s house, know when they’re not at home or out of town,” she said.
Morrison said that at Saturday’s meeting, residents will be given a chance to ask questions and voice concerns.
“If they have other things that have come up, we want them to make us aware of it,” she said. “We’re hoping the people will stand up and say, ‘We’re not going to put up with this in our community. This is not what our community stands for and it’s not going to happen.’ We’ll do everything we can to stop it.”
Morrison said the community’s Neighborhood Watch is working and if a resident would like to join, now would be an ideal time.
“This is a good time for anyone who might want to get involved in the Neighborhood Watch program to meet the deputies and meet their neighbors,” she said.
She said much of the information they have received which has helped them solve some of the violent crimes that have occurred in the area has come as a result of the Neighborhood Watch program.
“This is a prime example of a Neighborhood Watch that is working,” she said.