Deputies push Neighborhood Watch efforts

by Maria D. Grandy - [email protected]

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is trying to increase interest and awareness about Neighborhood Watch efforts in the county.

“The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is committed to our Community Neighborhood Watch Programs,” Sheriff Ralph Kersey said on the Facebook page for the Neighborhood Watch. “We take the safety of our communities very serious, but as you know, we cannot be everywhere all the time. This is why we depend on our community members to do their part to help us keep their neighborhoods safe. Our biggest defense is looking out for each other.”

Each group is expected to meet once a month.

Rebecca Riggs, administrative assistant to the sheriff, said there is usually an officer at the meetings.

“There is a captain and co-captain, so one person doesn’t have to do all the work,” she said. “The Sheriff’s Office wants the community to run them, we just assist them with it. It is a good way to get to know your neighbors.”

The residents get to voice their concerns about things happening in the county such as gang and crime activity.

Deputies share home safety tips such as leaving a light on, trimming bushes or having a neighbor check for mail while on vacation. Deputies also share information about the different programs the department officers such as the Are You Okay program and the Family Watch Dog Program.

Here is a list of meeting times and places:

East Laurinburg, first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., at East Laurinburg Baptist Church.

Wagram, second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., at Wagram Recreation Center

Scotland Acres and Blakely Road, second Monday of each month, at 6 p.m., at Unionville Church Gym.

Deercroft, Time and location has changed and will be announced later.

John Station and Hasty, third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.,, Stewartsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Gibson, fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., the Train Depot.

Laurel Hill, fourth Monday of each month, at 6 p.m., Laurel Hill Community Center.

To report a crime call the Crime Tip Line at 910-277-4258.

Maria D. Grandy can be reached at 910-506-3171.

by Maria D. Grandy

[email protected]

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