EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMarmet Community Watch Group Fighting Crime
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Jul. 12, 2013 7:10 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 12, 2013 12:55 PM EDT
Marmet , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A community that has seen its fair share of crime is fighting back. Marmet started a Community Watch Program in 2012 and since then, residents are seeing results thanks to their efforts and social media.
Social media is nothing new when it comes to police or communities using it to help deter crime but what is happening in Marmet is interesting because it is getting a lot of response and it seems to be working.
"It's worked out pretty good," said Paris Workman, an investigator with the Marmet Police Department. "The police department can work with the community a little closer, a little better and we need your help."
Users and police are posting everything from surveillance video of someone going through a neighbor's car to a man stealing a gun from the Trading Post. Neighbors are then leaving comments and tips on what they see happening in their community.
"There's more eyes out there in the community than what we have at the police department and people seem like they'll come forth on the page and tell us more than if we were knocking on doors asking," Workman said.
And it's working. Police said a few months ago they were looking for a suspect in a crime, posted the information on Facebook and neighbors' tips helped them find a suspect.
"If you saw something happening on your street, a suspicious vehicle, person, they would report it on their social media site and it would just get everybody alerted to what was going on and then everyone could keep a look out because the majority of the time, most people are already on Facebook anyway," said Jeremy Mitchell, a member of the Marmet Community Watch group.
Workman said the partnership makes sense.
"Our business is the community, protecting the community," Workman said. "That's our business. Bottom line. Without the community's help, it's a tougher job. It's tough."
It's a tough job made a little bit easier thanks to technology and some watchful eyes.
To view the Marmet Community Watch group page, visit here.
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