Success of Ridgeview Village Neighborhood Watch program could be copied
John Mansker had the perfect tool when recruiting people for the Ridgeview Village Neighborhood Watch program — his Australian shepherd Lucy.
He and his dog-loving neighbors regularly walk their pooches in Ridgeview Park. It’s where the Neighborhood Watch idea was born about two years ago, thanks to friend Ginna Geren, and where Mansker started recruiting block captains.
Today the program has 19 block captains and more than half of the neighborhood’s residents (about 450 homes) participate.
“It’s a passive, vigilant group,” said Mansker, 64,who recently stepped down as Ridgeview’s Neighborhood Watch coordinator. “We simply stay alert … and on the side we find lost dogs.” So far, a 100 percent success rate on that front.
No fees, no driving around shining a flashlight into people’s garages — all that’s required to join Ridgeview’s Neighborhood Watch is an e-mail address. “The whole essence … is the dissemination of information,” Mansker explained.
Regular e-mails keep neighbors abreast on suspicious activity, break-ins and other need-to-know events. The ...