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Neighborhood watch involvement improves

Sept. 14, 2006

Albany -- Albany police say a neighborhood watch is one of the best ways to protect your community, and they're pleased with the way those groups are growing all over town.

A neighborhood watch in the Merry Acres area fizzled several years ago.

They began re-organizing recently and met tonight.

They've already got 194-families involved and 19-block captains signed up.

"About six years ago we had one ... it wasn't this well organized at all. But I tried to be the head of it at that time ... but I couldn't get much cooperation from anyone ... including city government. They just didn't want to do it.," said William Whelchel, a neighborhood watch supporter.

Whelchel encourages other neighborhoods to get involved and start their own watch programs to help police monitor for crime.

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