A recent increase in criminal behavior, namely break-ins that have resulted in the loss of personal possessions like electronics, jewelry, cash and guns, has prompted the long-established I-Watch Neighborhood Crime Watchers group on Sunnyside's Harrison Hill to ramp back up its anti-crime efforts.
According to local I-Watch spokesman Dr. Jim Stevens, all Sunnyside residents are invited to a special organizational meeting scheduled for this coming Tuesday, April 27. The 6:30 p.m. gathering will be held at the Lutheran Church at Grandview and Taylor avenues atop Harrison Hill.
The focus of Tuesday's meeting is two-fold.
First, the I-Watch group will make an attempt to reinstitute the Crime Watchers activities that in the past already had been proven to be successful in the neighborhoods atop Harrison Hill.
The second purpose of Tuesday's meeting is to invite residents of neighborhoods in other parts of the city to get involved with the program. Stevens said the Harrison Hill I-Watch program is already well structured, and those neighborhoods that would like to mirror the efforts that are already in place will be shown how they can organize their own Crime Watchers group.
"The burglaries, break-ins have become a problem again here in Sunnyside," said Stevens. "We need to work together, along with our police force, to get a handle on it.
"Tuesday's meeting will show local citizens how they can take back their neighborhoods and keep the criminals out."