Residents Calling for Stronger, Bigger Neighborhood Watch

7 years 8 months 20 hours ago Monday, October 01 2012 Oct 1, 2012 Monday, October 01, 2012 12:40:00 PM CDT October 01, 2012 in News
By: Addison Walton
loading

COLUMBIA - In many towns and cities across America, you see the signs. The menacing face of a "thug" with a red line through it promoting that the residents of the certain community have their eyes on you.

In mid-Missouri, it's no different. In the Vanderveen subdivision in northern Columbia, signs on every corner remind passersby that their neighborhood is under constant surveillance. The Vanderveen neighborhood, like all those that participate in the program, receive one free Neighborhood Watch sign. But this area has ponied up $40 each for additional signs. With the increased number of signs, this also means that at least half of the residents who live on a block where a sign resides participate actively in the Neighborhood Watch program.

Columbia Neighborhood Watch Board President Susan Clark said Columbia has approximately 3,000 to 4,000 members in its program, spread out between 400 to 500 groups. "I would think for a town that's about 100,000 people we should have a far larger membership base than we have," said Clark.

The Neighborhood Watch program in Columbia has been around since the 1970's and is continuing to evolve. Clark added that the program has a very strong working relationship with the Columbia Police Department and has gone through training with the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

In Auxvasse, the Neighborhood Watch program is making a return. Thanks to budget concerns at the part-time Auxvasse Police Department and a recent uptick in crime, the town of about 980 people is looking into bringing back the Neighborhood Watch. The city used to have the program, but abandoned it after residents became disinterested.

Auxvasse Police Chief Kevin Suedmeyer said burglaries have been occurring more frequently in Auxvasse and residents are getting fed up. "We want to continue to be a proactive police force, not a reactive one," said Suedmeyer. He added that he is hesitant to attribute the crime problems to any one issue, but is hoping residents come together to fight the problem.

For more information on how you can join the Auxvasse Neighborhood Watch, contact city hall at 573-386-2227.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS — The City of St. Louis is under a curfew starting Tuesday at 9 p.m. ... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 12:46:06 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Life today is razor's-edge tense. If your regular coping methods aren't measuring up, there are science-backed actions we... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 12:33:24 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are investigating a reported armed robbery involving a pizza delivery driver late Monday night. According... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:44:28 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Gunfire damaged several homes in northeast Columbia early Tuesday, though no injuries have been reported. Police responded... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:37:09 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating a reported home invasion on Aspen Heights Parkway, during which three people apparently broke in... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:33:23 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS — Four St. Louis police officers were shot and injured during violent protests in the city Monday... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 8:13:00 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - One person from Camdenton was killed Tuesday morning in a crash on US Highway 54 in Camden... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 7:47:00 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
(CNN) - The police chief of Louisville, Kentucky, has been fired after officials discovered two police officers involved in fatal... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 6:08:22 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 5:08:00 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protestors continued to gather downtown Columbia after the sun went down Monday night. The group of about... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 10:31:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Several hundred protestors gathered at the Missouri State Capitol Monday to honor the death of George Floyd.... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 10:15:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department made arrests in two separate weapons offenses on Monday, according to press... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:56:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's governor is cutting another $209 million from this year's budget in response to declining... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:34:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with Columbia Public Schools superintendent Peter Stiepleman on Monday about the bond measure voters will... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:22:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Many camps are choosing to go virtual this year so that parents can still give their children an... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:13:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - UM System President and MU Interim Chancellor Mun Choi on Monday " condemned recent acts of racism around... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:05:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - At 1:50 a.m. on May 31, Columbia Police officers responded to a shots fired call on the 400... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 4:14:01 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 4:00:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 83°
2pm 87°
3pm 88°
4pm 89°
5pm 88°