Walnut – In case you were unaware, the City of Walnut has an ongoing Neighborhood Watch Program that is always interested in recruiting volunteers. Over the years it has been proven over and over again, that Neighborhood Watch Programs lower crime rates within the neighborhoods they patrol. If there is one thing that criminals hate but the police love more than anything, it’s nosy neighbors. The purpose of the program is to have neighbors look out for one another and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts in North America. In the late 1960s, an increase in crime heightened the need for a crime prevention initiative focused on residential areas and involving local citizens. The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) responded, creating the National Neighborhood Watch Program in 1972 to assist citizens and law enforcement. If you live in the City of Walnut and are already a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, but you have not had a meeting in a couple of years call for the latest and greatest programs. If you are motivated and want to get involved in the program, please contact Deputy McDonald at (909) 595-2264 for information on how to start a group in your area.