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Neighborhood Watch Advisory Board created in Saint Albans, WV

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The term 'Neighborhood Watch' is taking on a whole new meaning in one community. The term 'Neighborhood Watch' is taking on a whole new meaning in one community.
SAINT ALBANS, WV -

The term 'Neighborhood Watch' is taking on a whole new meaning in one community.

Joseph Higginbotham lives in Saint Albans. He is also the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator for Ward 4. Saint Albans is divided into nine sections for Neighborhood Watch. He said the program has become very successful in some areas.

"They begin to feel like they are part of something. They begin to feel like my neighbor's got my back and I've got his. It does something nice for the neighborhood besides just prevent crime," he said.

Higginbotham, along with other residents, city council members, and Saint Albans police, recently created a Neighborhood Watch Advisory Board.  The board is trying to expand Neighborhood Watch into the areas struggling to create a good program.

He said some of the neighborhoods stop crime on a weekly basis, including a recent bust at a suspected drug house.

"They discovered the driver and the passenger both had warrants against them for other stuff, so they were able to make an arrest right there on the spot," he said of two recent arrests made by Saint Albans police.

In a series of upcoming meetings, the advisory board hopes to reach out to the neighborhoods which either don't have a program, or don't have a consistent program.

For more information, call Higginbotham at 304-550-6710.