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By Erin Tierney
The Creswell Chronicle 

WHILE YOU SLEEP, THE CITY IS AWAKE - Possible reboot of a Neighborhood Watch group?


April 11, 2019

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These photos, found recently in a photo album in The Chronicle office, shows how active the Creswell Neighborhood Watch was in the 1970s and '80s.These photos are believed to be from '83. At top is the classic neighborhood watch sign. Above and below are two scenes from the Creswell Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Festival. The group hosted festivals with dunk tanks, food, trivia games at the City's park; participated in parades and won awards for their "jail float;" held neighborhood watch sheriff picinics; was visited by McGruff the Crime Prevention Dog who "takes a bite out of crime;" and even had an office established at 143 N. 5th St.

It is no secret that Creswell does not have 24-hour police coverage - neither to its citizens nor to its criminals. The lack of full coverage and limited officers can leave Creswell vulnerable, and so efforts are being made to reboot a neighborhood watch group in town.

A group such as this can be a way to mitigate that vulnerability and increase the sense of safety, said Kevin Prociw, who is trying to stir community interest in a watch group. It's a non-confrontational volunteer group that keeps a watchful eye on the city, networking with neighbors and law enforcement to ultimately make Cre...

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