City of Meridian Neighborhood Watches, police officers, sheriff's deputies, and Councilman Bobby Smith will all be at an annual Neighborhood Watch meeting on Saturday at the Meridian Activities Center. The 36th Avenue Neighborhood Watch is heading the meeting, but they are encouraging residents from all over the city to attend.
Al Willis, president of the 36th Avenue Neighborhood Watch, explains, "It is our annual meeting, and we're really looking forward. We're excited because of the crime that we're having in the community right now, we think it's very important that all of the people in the community participate."
While Neighborhood Watches do not actually make arrests in stopping crime, the more people involved in Neighborhood Watches leads to safer communities.
"And that's one of the reasons why we want to get more people involved," says Willis. "It doesn't matter what part of the city your from, we will have people from all Neighborhood Watches throughout the city so that they can get in touch with the person or the group that they should, and we're going to make sure that we're more effective."
Crime normally spikes during the holiday season, and Willis is pleading with those in the city to have neighbors help keep their neighbors safe.
"Right now, with the holidays upon us and the escalation of crime in our community, it is very important that we as a community look out for one another, your neighbor. If you see something suspicious, please make sure that you call the police department. They're the police officers; we're the community. We're here to help and make sure that our community is safe," Willis tells us.
The Neighborhood Watch meeting will start at 11am and should last only for an hour. Refreshments will also be served.