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Dawson officials forming crime watch

| Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 9:55 p.m.

With hopes of taking control of a recent outbreak of crime in the borough, Dawson officials are organizing a crime watch meeting which is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Residents in the Tri-Town area are urged to attend.

The meeting will be held at the Dawson VFC located on Galley Street.

Dawson Mayor Carol Capella stressed the meeting is for residents in Dawson and the surrounding towns.

“We have been having some issues,” Capella said. “We've had some break-ins into private residences, garages, and other buildings, and what happens in Dawson is usually a reflection on what goes on in the whole Tri-Town area.”

Capella said a similar crime watch group had been formed in the past but disbanded when the issues quieted down.

“We did have a crime watch in the past and then things simmered down,” Capella said. “Now things are starting to flare up again and we thought it would be a good idea to get something together.”

Capella contacted the Pennsylvania State Police, who will send a trooper to make a presentation at the meeting and hand out brochures on crime and prevention.

The officer will also be bringing an itemized listing of what crimes were committed in the immediate area for residents to see.

“I think it's a good idea for the community to see what has been going on in the area,” Capella said.

Borough council President Patty Lint said an organized group is a good idea.

“I'm glad that we are doing it,” Lint said.

Capella said a recently formed Facebook page of tritowncommwatch is already popular and can be beneficial in several ways.

“People can post something that happened in their area so we can then be on the watch for it here,” Capella said. The Facebook page can also be used in an emergency situation as an extra alert. “It's easy and it's accessible,” the mayor said.

Capella hopes for a good turnout Wednesday and hopes to organize a monthly meeting to try to get a fix on the issues.

“The crime has to stop and we are going to all work together,” Capella said. “Not as the town of Dawson, but as a community. We are all going to work together and take care of this together.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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