Police Hold Townwide Block Watch Meeting

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Payson police officers want to keep residents informed on local crime trends, which is the reason for a townwide block watch meeting Saturday, April 16, at town hall.

Payson Police Officer Mike Varga, the meeting organizer, said he and other people involved in public safety, will discuss crime trends and prevention from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Anyone who is interested in the topics we will discuss or in the Block Watch program should attend," Varga said. "Basically, we will talk about what kind of crimes we are seeing and what to watch for as well as how people can protect themselves."

Topics will range from domestic violence, drug awareness, drunk driving and identity theft as well as the Block Watch and Watch Your Car programs.

Several neighborhoods have started a Block Watch to keep an eye out for suspicious people and situations.

The Watch Your Car program is an anti-theft program to alert police that your vehicle is not normally driven between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. That gives police permission to stop your vehicle during those hours to check the identification of the driver and make sure it has not been stolen.

Deputy Gila County Attorney Patti Wortman is scheduled to discuss the various fraud schemes seen locally.

The day-long event is the first meeting of its kind and residents are welcome to come for as much or as little as they want, Varga said.

At the end of the meeting, Varga will discuss how to start a Block Watch in your neighborhood.

For more information, call (928) 474-5177.

Meeting Schedule

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. -- Identity theft, fraud, credit card fraud

10 a.m. to noon -- Domestic

violence awareness

Lunch break

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. -- DUI

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Drug education

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. -- Organizing a neighborhood block watch and introduction to the Watch Your Car program.

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