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Neighborhood Watch meeting set for July 3

Urbanna citizen Bill Shuman said he wants to organize a Neighborhood Watch program for Urbanna and all of Middlesex County. The group’s first meeting will be held in the fellowship hall at Urbanna United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m.

“If anyone does not know what this program is, it is neighbors watching out for neighbors,” said Shuman. “People get instructed by the Sheriff’s Office on what they can do and cannot do. Then, in groups of two, they patrol the neighborhoods, looking for things out of the normal. When finding suspects or open doors, strange people or cars, they call the police. We take no action ourselves, we are not armed and we do not confront anyone—we leave that up to the sheriff. We become their eyes and ears.”

Shuman continued, “It is my understanding that several others have expressed interest in this matter. I have talked to Sheriff Bushey and he is also very interested in forming this group. If we find enough interest in our first meeting we will invite the Sheriff’s Office to our second meeting. You have to take an interest in our community, county, and subdivisions to make this work.”

posted 06.26.2013

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