Saturday, March 19, 2016

Protecting Kids is Focus at Next Meeting of Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch

Garfield Ridge residents who live west of Central Avenue
(CPD Beat 811) are invited to attend the next meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch organization, set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 21 at Ward Hall, 5159 S. McVicker.

Featured speaker at the event will be Patti Diaz of INJANCRC (I’m Not Just A Name Children's Resource Center), a non-profit organization that works to prevent the abduction and exploitation of children.

GRNW leaders also will talk about the group's "back to basics" plan for 2016--the focus of which is putting as many volunteers as possible out in the community to patrol streets and alleys. GRNW volunteers work with police and keep watchful eyes on homes, businesses, schools, parks, churches and more.

Volunteers patrol in their cars, on bicycles and on foot. They also patrol at all hours--at times that are convenient for them, and inconvenient for burglars, taggers and other petty criminals. The GRNW's "you never know where we are or when" tactics have thwarted a number of crimes in the past four years.

Those attending the meeting are asked to bring donations of supplies for local public schools affected by budget cuts. Items requested include latex-free gloves, latex-free adhesive bandages, instant cold packs, cotton swabs, hand sanitizer, new or used sports equipment like basketballs, soccer balls, playground balls, hula hoops and bean bags.

Those attending the meeting are encouraged to bring reports of criminal activity in CPD Beat 811, as well as constructive solutions to prevent crime and promote a safer Garfield Ridge.

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