(Courtesy of The News-Herald Newspapers)
Residents who have wanted to start neighborhood watches but never knew where to start will get their chance tomorrow, Wednesday, April 23.
Mayor Rick Sollars and the Taylor Police Department have started Taylor on Watch, a four-part series of town hall meetings focused on engaging the community with crime-fighting tips.
The first meeting, for residents living within the region bordered by Goddard on the north, Telegraph on the east, Pennsylvania on the south and Inkster on the west. is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 23 in the City Council chambers of City Hall, 23555 Goddard Road. However, any resident, no matter where they leave, are welcome to attend.
Three other meetings focused on different regions of the city will follow in June, September and November.
“The police cannot be everywhere, all the time,” Chief Mary Sclabassi said. “We need eyes and ears in the community. We are constantly aided by what concerned residents see and hear. Given the proper education in what to look for, they can make their own neighborhoods safer. It’s all a learning process.”_
Sollars said that decals will be given out signifying residents’ membership in the program, featuring the Taylor on Watch symbol which will make the presence of neighborhood watches more visible.
“The decals are a deterrent because the guy across the street might be watching his neighbor’s house,” Sollars said. “We are not promoting vigilantes, but helping neighbors. They can also register their homes with the department so patrols can keep their eyes on things.”
The second meeting is June 25 for residents living in the region bordered by Van Born on the north, Telegraph on the east, Goddard on the south and Inkster on the west.
The third meeting is Sept. 24 for residents living in the region bordered by Van Born on the north, Pelham on the east, Goddard on the south and Telegraph on the west.
The fourth meeting is Nov. 19 for residents living in the region bordered by Goddard on the north, Allen on the east, Pennsylvania on the south and Telegraph on the west.
All meetings will be at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers.
For more information, call the Taylor Police Department at 1-734-287-6611.