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Crime Stoppers urge importance of community watch

Officials with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Beaufort County Crime Stoppers are urging interested residents to participate in community watch efforts. 

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has worked in tandem with local neighborhoods and communities to set up community watch groups since 1998. These watch groups are established as a preventative measure against crime as a way of monitoring residential areas in and across Beaufort County through active participation and dedication of residents in different neighborhoods and communities. These volunteers work with law enforcement and Beaufort County Crime Stoppers to report any suspicious activities. 

“Sheriff Ernie Coleman knows the value of having citizens to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and for them to report it to law enforcement. Community watch is neighbors looking out for each other,” said Lieutenant Kelly Cox with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and crime stoppers. “We teach participants to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods.”

For more information about setting up a community watch or joining an existing program, contact Lt. Cox at 252-402-3363 or by email at kcox@co.beaufort.nc.us. For updates on the Beaufort County Crime Stoppers, visit the organization’s Facebook page, Beaufort County Crime Stoppers.