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North Oldham neighbors unite to promote safer streets, protect homes from theft

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By Laura Hagan

Earlier this spring, a few residents of the City of Goshen fell victim to daytime burglars. In each incident, the perpetrator broke-in through the back door of a home when no one was there.At a meeting May 19 of Goshen’s neighborhood watch group, Oldham County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Meece reminded residents to lock their doors, whether they are inside their home or outdoors. Though a resident may be home, he said, it is not uncommon for burglaries to happen because a door is left unlocked.A small group of Goshen residents attended the meeting. Representatives from the Oldham County Police Department and Oldham County Sheriff’s Office offered tips for staying safe at home.Meece encourages residents to be “good observers,” including writing down an unfamiliar vehicle’s license plate number, or jotting down the description of someone who seems suspicious.Organizers are developing an e-mail list to help residents alert neighbors in such situations. Goshen City Commissioner Bob Thacker is working on a system to connect all neighborhood watch groups on U.S. 42. Through the Web site, www.nonw.org, residents can subscribe to receive e-mail alerts from their own subdivisions or others nearby.There are 12 subdivisions already listed on the site, as well as the City of Goshen and a general group covering all of U.S. 42.In addition to area residents, e-mails to the U.S. 42 group go to a number of county agencies, including OCSO, OCPD, and elected officials, including the judge-executive and magistrates.While there are moderators that can decide where some e-mails and which ones are sent for the larger group, on the individual subdivision lists, anyone who’s registered can send to that list.Thacker said the ideal thing for any neighborhood watch is communication.“We need to protect our communities,” Thacker said, “and especially our kids.”Oldham County Police Officer Tom Jenkins encouraged observation, but urged the residents not to try to become police themselves. He let them know they could call law enforcement, rather than try to handle a suspicious situation.The next meeting of the City of Goshen Neighborhood Watch is at 6 p.m. June 16 at North Oldham Fire Station 2.

E-mail us about this story at: lhagan@oldhamera.com.