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Bradley County ramping up watch program

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Safe neighborhoods are the focus of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.  More neighborhood watch programs are popping up in an effort to curb crime.

The neighborhood watch slogan reads "I hope you like jail food."

Bradley County Sheriff, Jim Ruth, says recent break-ins in some neighborhoods have prompted deputies to be more aggressive towards crime watches.  So far nearly 40 communities are participating.

Police say residents are better eyes and ears and have a chance of catching criminals in the act. Lt. Bob Hancock says, "Anyone can break into any home given enough time. The difference is a neighborhood watch program gives us a fighting chance to stop it while it's happening."

Some communities are given a homeowner insurance discount if they participate, but you are encouraged to check.
Neighborhood watch organizational meeting has been scheduled for the Spring Lake Apartments, 1525 Springplace Road, on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the clubhouse.

An organizational meeting will be held for the Hunter's run community on Mouse Creek Road on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is being held at 190 Hunter's Run Circle, and all residents are invited to participate.

Residents of Misty Ridge are organizing a neighborhood watch chapter. Their meeting will be held on April 24 at 6:30 p.m. And will be at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church at 7223 Georgetown Road.

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