By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
MOUNT VERNON - Know your neighbors. That was just one of the takeaways from Thursday evening's Town Hall meeting, the second of four meetings planned by Mayor Dick Mavis, Law Enforcement, KSAAT and others to bring awareness of the drug epidemic and crime prevention.
More than 100 residents attended the meeting at Twin Oak Elementary School and heard presentations from representatives of 911 Dispatch and MVPD, Fredericktown PD and the KCSO.
FPD Lt. Kyle Johnson stressed that knowing your neighbors can reduce residential crime. He also said when you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood remember the five W's - where, what, when, weapons, and who. Relay that information to the dispatcher. Fredericktown has an active neighborhood watch group which meets monthly.
Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer also spoke about the importance of knowing your neighbors. He also stressed the importance of installing security systems. The KCSO responds to alarm calls - 370 of them so far this year. Only one of those was a good call, according to Shaffer.
MVPD Chief Roger Monroe showed examples of homes that were "soft" targets (easy to break in to) and "hard" targets (difficult to break in to). He spoke of the importance of deterring criminals by making your hom look lived in when you're not home. When an audience member asked Monroe about any neighborhood watch groups in Mount Vernon, he said there aren't any but the MVPD has pamphlets if someone is interested in starting one. Interested persons are invited to contact the PD to start a neighborhood watch.
Thursday's Drug Town Hall at Mount Vernon's Twin Oak elementary school. Lt. Kyle Johnson of the Fredericktown Police Department talking about community involvement with police to fight crime.- KP Photo
Topics/dates for the remaining sessions:
Thursday, May 18, 2017 – The Court Perspective and Judicial Process. Through a panel discussion hear a local judicial perspective as it relates to crime, punishment, and addiction recovery.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Community Recovery and Addiction Resources. Learn about recovery services and resources currently available to citizens of Knox County
To watch a recording of Tuesday's town hall click this YouTube link.