Iowa Park neighbors join forces to fight crime

Iowa Park neighbors join forces to fight crime

IOWA PARK, TX(RNN Texoma) - In Iowa Park, the fight against crime continues as families come together to keep their neighborhood safe.

A neighborhood watch start-up meeting was held at Haws Road Community Church Monday night. It was put on by the Wichita County Sheriff's Office.

Dozens of residents like Barry Tate made it out. He and his family have lived in the community for about five years.

"We love it," said Tate. "We have great neighbors, and everybody knows each other on our lane, and it's part of what drew us to this community."

One that is hoping to grow even stronger and safer.

"I think nosey neighbors are good," said Tate.

Nosey neighbors who have each other's backs.

Deputy Melvin Joyner said the program has been around for years.

"It's a proven tool for law enforcement," said Deputy Joyner. "No one knows a neighborhood better than the people that live here."

While some met for the first time in an effort to create this watch program for Horseshoe Lake, Haws, Bridwell and Peterson Road South residents, others like Randy San Miguel saw familiar faces including an old work buddy.

"I didn't even know he lived there," said San Miguel. "Hopefully now with this going on I get to meet more of them and we get to have these gatherings."

Because like Deputy Joyner said it is all about getting to know your neighbors. Plus simple tips like locking doors, having house numbers visible and knowing how to call, when to call and what to report to law enforcement.

"Then we can respond faster and hopefully take care of the situation," said Deputy Joyner. "We want them to know the sheriff's office is there for them all they got to do is call."

For those who would like to start a neighborhood watch give the Wichita County Sheriff's Office a ring.

If you live in Wichita Falls you can reach out to the city's police department.

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