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Block watch hopes to reduce crime in Swanton Twp

SWANTON TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Residents of one localcommunity are determined to increase safety and reduce crime. They're forming ablock watch group and partnering with the sheriff's office to do it.

Officials say the mostcommon crimes they see in Swanton Township are break-ins that happen during theday and theft from parked cars. They say block watch programs are key inreducing the number of those cases.

"I keep my eyes open," saidresident Karen Lorenzen. "I think nowadays you have to."

Township trustees say they'reworking with the sheriff's office to get a block watch program up and running.

The group will meet everfew months, and someone from the sheriff's office will be in attendance atthose meetings.

"It's all about communityengagement," said Trustee Jim Irmen. "Neighbors getting to know neighbors, andwe're just providing a forum for that to happen."

Residents are asked to bealert and know what's normal for their neighborhood. That way, if they noticesomething out of place, they can call officials.

"I think it will helppeople look out for one another," Lorenzen said.

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