FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Fairfield County has a growing watch collection. However, these watches don’t tell time, and aren’t worn on the wrist.
A July 21 meeting will add a Greenbrier Crime Watch to Fairfield County’s list of community crime watch groups.
“Crime watches get the information out there,” said Sgt. Ron Mull of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. “It lets people know what’s going on in the community — what the scams are.”
Mull said this can be information about recurring crimes, credit card scams or other concerns of which residents should be wary.
There are already established crime watch groups in the Longtown, Dutchman Creek and Dawkins area.
The River crime watch meets the first Monday of every month at the Dutchman Creek Fire Department at 6:30 p.m.
The Dawkins crime watch is on hold during the summer months and the Longtown crime watch is considering changing its meeting time.
“It’s on hold for the summer,” Mull said.
The Greenbrier crime watch meeting will be held at 6:30, and is a proactive meeting, rather than a direct response to any specific crime in the area.
“We’re just trying to be proactive,” Mull said.
Mull said the Sheriff’s Office would like to see more, active crime watch groups in the county and establishing a crime watch is an easy process.
“They can just call me, and I’ll be happy to set them up,” Mull said.
Mull said meetings can include question and answer sessions, advice about new scam tactics and other helpful information. He said the Sheriff’s Office is flexible and willing to meet the community’s needs for scheduling.
“If they want to meet every month, every other month or quarterly, we can do it,” Mull said. “It depends on the community’s needs.”
Mull said Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page is an excellent source for crime watch information and updates.
“We post the meetings the day before and the day of,” Mull said. “People should definitely watch the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.”
For more information, Mull can be contacted at 803-718-4080.