Blair Co. community crime watch meeting held
Updated: Tuesday, March 25 2014, 11:14 PM EDT
By: Lauren Hesnley
ALTOONA, Pa.-- Operation Our Town is a partnership led by area businesses to fight drugs and violent crime in Blair County. They've assembled neighborhood watches all throughout the county in response to the growing problems.
“I have been a firm believer in the neighborhood crime watch program for well over 15 years. We believe that law enforcement cannot handle the crime problems in our neighborhood alone. We need to form partnerships,” Blair County Sheriff Mitch Cooper said.
At the first countywide Neighborhood Watch meeting of 2014, community members gathered to learn more. They were taught the very basics of crime watch.
“Be aware of your surroundings, neighbor looking out for neighbor and looking out for suspicious activity,” Blair County Sheriff Mitch Cooper said.
And Operation Our Town‘s mission is just not about preventing crime, it is also about keeping neighborhoods safer. That is why other leaders talked about the biggest emergency threat to Blair County.
“It used to be flooding in Blair County but right now it is hazmat, whether it is at a chemical site or by road or by rail,” Dan Boyles, director of Blair County emergency management said.
Officials said events like these are needed to keep the community safer and making it a better place to live.