Community support needed
It was very disappointing to see the sparse turnout at our recent Ford City/Manor Crime Watch meeting. It was advertised, but only two people besides the law-enforcement officials showed up.
It's amazing how people will complain about crime, yet no one wants to get involved in curbing it. I was asked to put this letter in the paper to express our group's frustration that comes with trying to do something with so few people.
We thought that maybe there's a misunderstanding of what our local group is about. We are not a patrol that goes out and tries to “play cops and robbers” when crime happens. We are not vigilantes. We have chosen to simply keep our eyes and ears open for what's going on in our neighborhoods, and if something seems wrong, we call 911. Our motto is, “See something, say something.”
People: We need to go back to looking out for each other. If someone was breaking into your house, you'd want your neighbor to call the police. Therefore, you should do the same thing. Get involved. If you see a crime, call 911. You don't have to do anything else. Stay safe. Don't confront anyone. That's what the police are trained to do.
Please come to our next meeting — 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Latin American Club, 1218 Third Ave., Ford City — to see what we are doing. We need you to be involved.