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Tri-Town Community Watch is formed

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 10:15 p.m.

More than 40 Tri-Town residents attended the first meeting of the Tri-Town Community Watch Wednesday night at the Dawson Fire Hall.

The crime watch was started by Dawson officials who were concerned with the number of criminal incidents in the area in the past few weeks, including burglaries and attempted burglaries.

The group elected officers.

In attendance Wednesday was Stephani Plume, a trooper with the state police from Uniontown barracks. She is the community services/public information officer. Plume answered questions and passed out literature concerning community watches and keeping safe from various crimes.

“Crime watch is about getting you involved,” Plume said. “Get to know your neighbors. Keep an eye out for one another.”

Plume said it's not considered being nosey if a neighbor is aware of another neighbor's routine so when something odd is seen, information can be written down and verified by speaking to that neighbor.

Dawson Mayor Carol Capella said a Facebook page has been created under the name “Tri-Town Comm Watch” where members can post information about things they saw that appear out of the ordinary and to make other members aware of such incidents.

“This is our fastest way to communicate,” Capella said. She will add information from each meeting for those who cannot make it.

Plume was pleased with the addition of the Facebook page, noting that she's not aware of any other crime watches having a page.

The next Tri-Town Community Watch meeting will take place sometime in January.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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