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The Block Watch program provides residents with specific information on how to reduce or eliminate opportunities for crime. And it works. But Block Watch groups can also do so much more. The support of local businesses is vital to the Block Watches and the support of Block Watches is vital to local business. They can accomplish many things by working together that they may not be able to do if working alone. This cooperation is essential to making a neighborhood a cohesive community.

Block Watches have been a priority of Ald. Puente since his election, and he would like to see continued expansion in the 9th District. "Get to know your neighborhood and your neighbors and become proactive in improving the quality of life in the 9th District," said Ald. Puente.

To become involved in a Block Watch you can contact a community liaison officer for the 4th Police District at 935-7248. If you'd like Ald. Puente to attend a Block Watch meeting, please call his office at 286-2868.