City of Lansing and Police Celebrate Success of Neighborhood Watches

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

The corner of Colonial and Woodview in Lansing is a shining example of how a neighborhood watch group can stop crime.

"We had lots of meetings to tell people, come on! We've got to pull together here and get the bad guys out of the neighborhood," said Leader of the neighborhood's watch group Patty Farhat.

The group has been around 30 years, and she believes there could still be regular break-ins, loitering and even violence if the group never existed: "You are the eyes and ears of the police department, and they really appreciate it."

Lansing Officer Teresa Mironiuk has been making this "National Night Out" a local event for two years. On top of these parties being fun, she says they're also a big public warning to anyone even thinking about messing with the neighborhoods: "These are the people that are going to call the police because they're here, they're celebrating."

That's a perk to Tamela McCune; hosting a "National Night Out" party at the Traditions Townhomes for the first time, hoping to put a stop to some of the crime she sees: "Juveniles with not enough to do, looking to make trouble."

Since she's re-vamped her watch group a year ago, she has already seen big changes: "We've worked very closely with the Lansing Police Department to ensure that we're keeping our trespassing notice up to date and identifying individuals who don't belong here," recommending the same to every neighborhood.

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