Crime watch group uses social media to alert residents to danger

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Many communities have active neighborhood watch groups. A team of volunteers in Logan County have worked hard to keep their efforts current and interactive.

"I really believe if it wasn't for the crime watch there would be more crime than what is going on," said Omar Area Crime Watch Vice President Rusty Acord.

He is one of 17 members that patrol the community. People know their names and their phone numbers and call about concerns throughout the day.

"A woman called my wife and said she seen someone laying under a bush and her gate was open," Acord said about a recent call he received. "I jumped in my vehicle and went down there."

An average patrol shift covers about 25 miles in Omar and surrounding communities. But technology is giving them an even wider reach.

The Logan County Crime Alert page on Facebook was created by crime watch group. It allows them to interact with the community and quickly distribute information. Tuesday the page was busy with numerous tips about a woman going door to door asking for money. The posts were shared over and over. The page itself has 1,462 fans.

"When somebody approaches their door they really don't need to let them in and if they don't know them, I wouldn't even answer the door," Acord said, about the recent activity.

Omar Area Crime Watch members can't make arrests but if they see suspicious activity they can call for help from the West Virginia State Police or the Logan County Sheriff.

To view the group's Facebook page click on the link provided.


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