New crime prevention program encourages community members to become involved in neighborhood safety

New crime prevention program encourages community members to become involved in neighborhood safety
Amarillo Police Dept. patrol car sits at headquarters in downtown; Source KFDA
Amarillo Police Dept. insignia; Source: Amarillo Police Dept.
Amarillo Police Dept. insignia; Source: Amarillo Police Dept.

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo Police Department is announcing a new crime prevention program in an effort to get community members involved in their own safety.

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The monthly programs will discuss topics or situations currently impacting the community.

"What I want to do is find out what's trending at that time, what kind of crimes we're seeing that people need to know the most about," said Amarillo Police Cpl. Jeb Hilton." Scams are one of the ones we hear about often, year round. Burglary prevention, theft prevention in general, just personal safety in general. [There are a] lot of things that people might not think about, and tips that they can use on a daily basis to help keep themselves safer and keep our community safer."

Cpl. Hilton says the first meeting will be focused on scams circulating in the area.

Resident Mike Estes believes focusing on those types of topics is what will make the program thrive.

"It is real good," said Estes. "There is a lot of people, especially the older people, they have a tendency to get scammed a lot. So, I think it's good."

The Amarillo Police department has found safety can be ensured when residents watch out for one another. Officers can even assist with forming neighborhood watches.

"We'll explain to them how they do that, things they can do to keep in contact with us and work with us," said Cpl. Hilton. "But, they are going to be the leaders of their own neighborhood group; that is what we want. We want the public stepping in and taking control of their neighborhoods, and saying we are not going to allow crime, we are not going to allow these bad things to happen. We want it safe for ourselves and for our families."

Resident Kory Holguyn says getting communities involved is what truly prevents crime.

"A lot of people, just with the way everything is, people don't want to be involved with certain things, they're scared to say certain stuff," said Holguyn. "But, the more you get people involved, the more output you're going to get and the more input you're going to get for what you're doing."

The date, time and location of the first meeting is still to be determined. The Amarillo Police Dept. will make a public notice when those details are finalized.

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