"We cannot be afraid to get involved, it is the only way to maintain and improve our neighborhoods," said Ald. Hamilton. One way to get involved is through the Block Watch program, which provides residents with specific information on how to reduce or eliminate opportunities for crime. And it works. Ald. Hamilton said the community crime prevention program can make a difference, and with crime being a major issue in the district, he would like to see more citizens becoming involved.

"Get to know your neighborhood and your neighbors and become proactive in improving our quality of life," said Ald. Hamilton. He said residents can play an important role as they look out for and help their neighbors and report any suspicious occurrences, vehicles or people to police. To become involved in a Block Watch you can contact the alderman's office at 286-2228 for information or call the community liaison officer for the 4th Police District at 935-7248.