Every year, thousands of communities and millions of people that participate in a neighborhood watch program through the local law enforcement.
Sioux Falls is active in the program
Thanks to a recent grant, the community of Tea will soon join in.
"It never hurts to start right now, especially when you have these communities growing at a really fast pace," Julie Deitz said.
She even admits she'd get involved with the program with her neighbors if that means keeping her little girl safe.
"My 7 year-old daughter likes to go out and run around, constantly, and look for friends to play with," Deitz said. "A predator could be in the neighborhood and could just pick her up without me even knowing about it."
That seems to be a concern for most parents because they, with police, can't be everywhere at once.
"It's a good idea to be proactive. That way, neighbors can be the eyes and ears for the police, help them out and know what's going on. A lot better to start little than when it gets so big it's harder to control," Breann Stiefel said.
"Neighbors can get together, supervise what's going on and mostly be eyes and ears and report anything that's out of the ordinary," Deitz said.
The Tea Police Department will hold an informational meeting, Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Tea City Hall to explain more about the program, the goals and how you can help.
For more information, call Tea Officer James Klimple: (605) 498-2054.
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