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Neighborhoods in the 10th District and throughout Milwaukee are discovering the benefits of starting Block Watch groups.

"The Block Watch program is designed to make neighborhoods safer places to live, work and play and, therefore, can help provide a safer environment for our children," said Ald. Murphy. "Good Block Watch organizations can help stabilize entire neighborhoods and business areas, and that's why I support them so strongly."

Most crimes are crimes of  "opportunity" and therefore can be prevented. The Block Watch program provides residents with specific information on how to reduce or eliminate opportunities for crimes.

To become involved in a Block Watch, please contact the community liaison officers of the 3rd or 7th Police Districts – Officer Tom Kupsik (3rd District) 935-7733 or Officer Shellee Lubus (7th District) 935-7278. Then talk to your neighbors to get as many residents on your block involved as possible. Officers will assist in providing information at the first meeting. The program will improve communication, cooperation and organization among residents, as well as between residents and the Milwaukee Police Department.

"When citizens become involved in a Block Watch group, a common bond develops between neighbors that instills neighborhood pride and protectiveness, and this can only enhance the quality of life in our city," said Ald. Murphy.