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White Hall Police To Implement New Neighborhood Watch Program

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WHITE HALL -

Officials in White Hall are working to make residents and business owners feel a little bit safer.

The Neighborhood Watch Program was introduced in a town meeting and now it's becoming a reality.

"I feel very safe where I live," said Allyson Swensson, White Hall resident. "I live in a community that's extremely close knit. It's a special community because we all really do know each other, make an effort to know each other, and know each others children."

Unfortunately, not everyone feels that way. Recent break-ins around Marion County have a lot of residents on edge.

"Right up the road there in Deerfield, they've been having problems up there. Fairmont's been having problems. We haven't had many yet. I've got the guys working different shift to be out there patrolling making sure the citizens of White Hall are safe and the businesses also," said Geno Guerrieri, White Hall Police Chief.

But law enforcement said it can't be multiple places at once. That's why it's implementing the new Neighborhood Watch Program.

"We got the paperwork started and hopefully sometime in early November we'll have our first meeting," Chief Guerrieri said.

Law enforcement said the town of White Hall has more businesses then it does residents, but that doesn't mean the town doesn't see its fair share of crime.

The Neighborhood Watch Program aims to reduce crime in the area by everyone working together.

"I think it's a great idea. I think it's a great way for the community to get involved. I think it's a great way to get to know your neighbors and know who you live by," Swensson said.

Different areas will have a block captain, someone who residents can contact if they see something suspicious.

"They will have contact with us. They will have the paperwork needed to fill out for a vehicle or a description of a person. They will basically be the eyes and ears for us," Chief Guerrieri said.

White Hall Police hope to have the program up and running in November.