Portland neighborhood assembling team of resident crime fighters

Posted Sept. 27, 2011, at 2:34 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Residents who live in the North Deering section of the city will gather at the Lyman Moore Middle School on Oct. 6 to fight crime in their neighborhood.

The meeting will get under way at 6 p.m. The North Deering Neighborhood Association has been meeting with members of the Portland Police Department for several months to create a Crime Watch Organization.

“The police have been great,” neighborhood association president Tim St. Hilaire said in a press release. “Lead Officer Andjelko Napijalo has shown us where the crimes are occurring and helped us organize the foundation of crime watch.”

While the North Deering neighborhood isn’t a crime hotbed, according to St. Hilaire, cases of cars and homes being burglarized, vandalism and other property crimes have taken place in that area.

Signs have been posted throughout the neighborhood declaring it a Crime Watch zone. The Neighborhood Association is hoping to get as many people involved as possible to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior. The signs were purchased through NDNA funds, and now that they’re coordinating with Portland police, they hope to get more residents involved.

The Oct. 6 meeting is expected to last about an hour and refreshments will be served.

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