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Williamsburg residents form Neighborhood watch

“This won’t be a group that goes out and patrols the neighborhood, that is not our purpose,” said organizer Carol Conz. “This will be a group of people that want to be the eyes and ears on our individual streets.”

Conz said the group would perform a variety of services.

“We would be there to alert the police to suspicious cars, people or activities, as well as things like not having seen an elderly neighbor, or downed limbs on the street,” Conz said.

Conz, who lives on Briar Hill Road, said there three break-ins to her quiet road over the past year or so, which motiviated her to start organizing. “They were too many and they were just too close in time for me. We just felt it was time to do something,” she said.

Conz invited neighbors into her home this summer to begin the process of creating the neighborhood watch group.

She said she hopes the next meeting will include Hampshire Deputy Sheriff David Fenton and Williamsburg Police Chief Denise Wickland.

Fenton is on the board of directors for the National Association of Triads, a group that uses community policing practices to protect and educate older adults about crime and prevention. He has also acted as the liaison for the Hampshire County Neighborhood Watch program.

As the neighbors are covering only three streets at this point in time, Conz described the group as a sort of “pilot program” that may become townwide later on.

With contributions from the Williamsburg Fire Department and the Lions Club the group has purchased 12 neighborhood watch signs at about $30 each.

A community watch informational meeting will be held Wednesday Oct 24 in the auditorium of the Town offices at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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