Thousands of communities all over the United States participate in a neighborhood watch program with their local law enforcement. Sioux Falls is on city active in that program. Pretty soon, the community of Tea will join in.
The most common crime in Tea, especially around neighborhoods, includes burglary, vandalism and theft. Though it's on a much smaller scale, the community is growing quickly. That being said, Tea Police and the City Council say it's a good time to jump start this program in Tea.
They're doing it now because the city recently received a grant, partially to fund this program but also for safer routes to schools.
Their concept is to motivate people to be more aware and observant in and around their neighborhood.
Also to teach people to do that will hopefully keep crime down and make it a safer place to live.
"It's a good idea to be proactive. That way, the neighbors can be the eyes and ears for the police, help them out and let them know what's going on. A lot better to start little rather than when it gets big, it's harder to control," Breann Stiefel said.
The city will hold a meeting Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Tea City Hall to introduce the program. If you need more information or have any questions, you are asked to call Tea Police Officer James Klimple at (605) 498-2054.