Township debuts crime prevention series
The Woodlands Township will offer a new, monthly lunchtime series for residents to learn how to better protect their homes from crime.
Watch Talk Wednesdays will debut on Feb. 24 at noon at The Woodlands Township Service Center at 2201 Lake Woodlands Drive.
Held the fourth Wednesday of every month, each hour-long session will feature an expert on various areas of crime prevention, including locks, lighting and landscaping, said John Raybon, director of neighborhood services for the township.
We will have speakers with specific areas of expertise," Raybon said. They will tell you what you can do to directly impact your home and make it safer for you and your family."
The program will kick off with presentations of the township's community policing model by Capt. Andy Eason of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Lt. Ronnie Glaze of the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Office. The two agencies have contracts with The Woodlands to provide supplemental patrol in the villages.
The community policing initiative with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will set up zones in each village and assign deputies to those smaller areas to get to know business and residents. In addition, deputies would be responsible for investigating non-felony crimes from taking the report to solving the matter. This system allows deputies to better watch trends in their villages
An integral part of community policing is public participation through The Woodlands Watch program, Raybon said. By reporting suspicious activities, residents can help prevent crime or identify suspects when crimes occur. The Woodlands Watch currently has 17,600 resident enrolled in the program.
Creekside Park will be patrolled by the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 office. Glaze will outline the programs for resident of the only village in Harris County.
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