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Does Stoneham Need Neighborhood Watch Groups?

Is there enough crime in Stoneham to warrant the formation of neighborhood watch groups? Let us know by posting your thoughts in the comments section below.

After reading our latest and other police-related stories on Stoneham Patch in the past, DDiOrio, one of our readers, wrote: "Wow, I feel like everyday I am reading an overall increase in crimes through Stoneham, especially break-ins, larceny, and quick theft ... Maybe we all should think about creating neighborhood watch programs within the town to look out for one another. If we have more eyes and ears watching our neighborhoods, we would all be a little safer."

So, with that in mind, we'd like to know: Does Stoneham need neighborhood watch groups? 

Is there enough crime in Stoneham to warrant the formation of neighborhood watch groups? Or are things fine just the way they are? Let us know what you think by posting a comment in the comments section below.

Raymie August 30, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I think it's a good idea. We all should be looking out for each other. I let my neighbors know when I'm away so they can keep an eye out.
Russ August 30, 2012 at 06:46 PM
It would help with some of the higher crime areas and also prevent the spread of crime to areas with no current significant problems. The message sent to criminals is to go elsewhere.
Doug August 30, 2012 at 08:21 PM
It would certainly help, especially as the nature of the recent uptick in crime appears to be drug-related. Turn up the heat and the increased drug use and associated behavior (from discarded needles in playgrounds to larcenies) will move on to more passive communities willing to accept such behavior.
DDiOrio August 30, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Thank you Stoneham Patch for bringing my concerns to a larger forum within the community! I agree if we are all more vigilant to take a little time to watch out for our neighbors, we can turn up the heat to show as a community these kinds of criminal behavior is unacceptable here! Just in the past 2 weeks in my neighborhood alone, we have had a kids bike stolen, a break in attempted, and a discarded needle found on the street. The only responsible thing is to do something!! Thanks again! Of course I am all in!!
Mark Ouellette (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 08:32 PM
You're most welcome! :) Thanks for raising an interesting question for our readers to discuss.
Tom M August 31, 2012 at 08:34 PM
How can it hurt. Let's be proactive and not reactive. Dirty needles, break in attempts & traffic violations are increasing in frequency. Our neighbors have been looking out for each other for 20 years. We know who's home or not. Let's help make our law enforcements job a little more effective with a phone call or a cell phone picture or video of something that doesn't seem right. Better to be wrong than do nothing at all.

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