Thirty years ago, in April 1982, a group of residents joined
forces to form Easttown Township Neighborhood Watch. The all-volunteer organization was a grass roots program to help the Easttown Police Department by providing “eyes and ears” for them throughout the community.
The organization’s founding principles have remained the same for 30
years – make citizens aware of steps they can take to protect themselves, their
family and their possessions; show how neighbors working together can protect
their entire neighborhood; and to allow our Police Department to be more
effective by reporting suspicious activity a resident might observe. The electronic age may have changed how ETNW presents it message but hasn’t changed the core beliefs.
ETNW has accomplished its mission, but not by utilizing organized patrols of the township. Instead, a neighborhood watch is just that – a watch. Residents are urged to observe their surroundings, get to know their neighbors and carry this behavior into every facet of their life. Being aware of what’s happening around you on your daily commute or while doing your daily errands helps reduce your chance of being a crime victim. Knowing what your neighbors look like can help determine whether those guys “moving stuff out the house” really belong there! Most importantly, knowing that calling 911 to report suspicious activity isn’t a
“bother” to the police department. They would rather investigate 9 innocent events than miss the 1 criminal action.
For information on becoming a Neighborhood Watch member, please
contact ETNW’s police officer liaison, Officer Frank Keenan, at the Police
Department (610-341-9780). If you have any questions or concerns about ETNW, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to
provide answers (and maybe blog about your questions in the future).