Sept. 8, 2004 With the Coral Bay area in the spotlight because of recent crime problems, the Coral Bay Community Council will offer Neighborhood Watch training as part of its monthly meeting on Sept. 13.
It begins at 5:30 p.m. at the John's Folly Learning Institute. Kenneth Blake, the V.I. Police Department's crime prevention director, will speak.
"We'll learn ways to identify suspicious activity and to get information to the police in a way that's useful in finding people who are committing crimes," Sharon Coldren, president of the Community Council, said.
The Coral Bay area poses unique challenges when it comes to crime watch. Many homes do not have close neighbors and many houses are rented only to visitors.
"Some neighborhoods only have a few people who live there year round," Coldren said.
She said an effective Neighborhood Watch would need input from the people who manage the vacation rental houses.
Coldren said that residents from across the island are encouraged to attend if they want to learn how to set up a Neighborhood Watch in their area.
For more information, call the Coral Bay Community Council at 776-2099.
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