FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Police Department held its Neighborhood Watch meeting on Saturday morning and the three featured speakers reviewed several different topics with the gathering of village residents.
Police Chief Roger Brown and Lt. Kyle Johnson spoke to the group and covered a variety of local subjects including weather and related snow removal; parking; stray vehicles parked around the village, police staffing in and around town, including in the high school, and dog-related issues.
Brown and Johnson also showed a video and slideshow detailing a new cell phone scam that is making its way to Central Ohio. The scam includes cloning a loved one’s phone number and name, calling the potential victim, posing as a kidnapper and then demanding a considerable amount of money in gift cards.
“When we have these quarterly meetings for the Neighborhood Watch group,” Johnson explained, “the focus is really about education and teaching them about different trends that we see and how can we help prevent them from becoming a victim.”
The meetings are a relatively new thing in Fredericktown and Johnson sees how they benefit the community.
“When we do our standard monthly meetings, that’s more of a focus of what are we seeing and what type of reports did we take for the last 30 days and what kind of trends are we seeing here locally.”
Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer was the third speaker of the meeting and he talked about the sheriff’s involvement with not only the Fredericktown Police Department itself, but also with the community. He and the attendees discussed the relatively new position of SRO at the high school and how that position has become an integral part of the community.
The next Neighborhood Watch meeting will be on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fredericktown Police Department.