Neighborhood watches

September 22, 2005

Hagerstown Neighborhood watches

Neighborhood Watch is a collaborative effort between law enforcement and community members that recognizes and encourages active participation of residents as a critical element in community safety.

This is done through neighborhood residents' willingness to look out for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, and report that activity to law enforcement and to each other.

  • Fairgrounds Neighborhood Crime Watch - Robert Nigh, 301-790-3839; or Hagerstown Police Lt. Tom Alexander, 301-790-3700.

  • Valencia Neighborhood Watch Group - Mary Haines, 301-739-7130; Anne Miller, 301-733-2422; or Hagerstown Police Lt. Tom Alexander, 301-790-3700.

  • We Care Downtown Neighborhood Watch - Tom Lowman, 301-739-0061; or Hagerstown Police Lt. William C. Wright III, 301-790-3700.

Neighborhoods 1st


The Neighborhoods 1st program is organized by the City of Hagerstown and designed to bring citizen participation back into local government and increase residents' responsibility for their neighborhoods.

The groups focus on communication, beautification, safety and security.

For more information, call Shelli Dronsfield, City Community Development Coordinator, at 301-739-8577, ext. 191.

There currently are 11 groups. They include:

  • Broadway-North

  • City Square

  • Elgin Station

  • Historic Heights

  • Locust and Franklin

  • North End Neighbors

  • Northwest Neighbors

  • Ridge Avenue

  • Security 1st

  • South End

  • We Care Neighborhoods 1st

Washington County

Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jim Holsinger, the Neighborhood Watch coordinator, may be reached at 240-313-2194.

Holsinger said there are active Neighborhood Watch groups in the following areas.

  • Crest View area of Boonsboro

  • Sunset Acres on Cheryl Drive

  • Greenberry Hills in the Halfway area

  • Lakeside Mobile Home Park

  • Town of Williamsport.

There also is a business watch - in which a group of businesses watch over each other's businesses - at Valley Mall, Holsinger said.

The Smithsburg Police Department - although it does not run a neighborhood watch group - does meet with the Citizens' Police Advisory Committee monthly at Smithsburg Town Hall, 21 W. Water St., Smithsburg.

People must apply to join the group and members are appointed by the police department. The group meets the first Thursday of every month.

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