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Neighborhood watch starting in Brightwaters
A group of Brightwaters residents is organizing a neighborhood watch group and has scheduled an initial meeting for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library (1 South Country Rd.).
Resident Carmine Chiappetta said there had been a neighborhood watch in Brightwaters about 30 years ago and he and four other residents, prompted by recent reports of household burglaries and other crime in the village, want to revive it.
“We are five coordinators right now and we’re in need of more community input — particularly people prepared to act as ‘block captains.’ They’re really the life blood of neighborhood watch groups,” Chiappetta said.
Meeting attendees will discuss how a successful neighborhood watch works. A Suffolk County police officer and an active member of an Islip neighborhood watch will be on hand to answer questions.
“We’re not being alarmist,” Chiappetta said. “But people have reached a point where they see some consistency in the crime that’s occurring in our neighborhood, houses being burgled during the day and a lot of petty crimes taking place at night, and we want to be able to raise awareness in the community and educate people on how to report suspicious activity.”