Brick Township officials are looking to ramp up the Neighborhood Watch program in town in an effort to not only crack down on crime, but also to help bring the community together.
“It’s a new sign, it’s a new program, and we’re hoping a lot of our citizens want to be a part of it,” said Councilwoman Marianna Pontoriero, who held up a brightly-colored Neighborhood Watch sign complete with the Brick police department’s shield logo.
The new signage differs greatly from the drab blue-and-white eyeball logo used in decades past, Pontoriero said, and the program as a whole focuses on being a good witness – not confronting suspicious people are involving one’s self in potentially dangerous confrontations. Participants will be trained on what to watch out for – as well as the key things to tell police officers to help them respond to situations. In addition to the signs, the program will also include door and window decals.
The program has been piloted in one neighborhood in town and is now ready for expansion. Councilman Jim Fozman joined volunteers on a recent weekend dropping off hang tags and speaking with residents door-to-door to tell them more about the initiative.
“We gave out hundreds of them,” Fozman said.
The township is hosting an information session April 30 and 9 a.m. at the Herbertsville Fire House. In addition, residents interested in starting a program can call 732-262-1053 to obtain more information, or fill out an online form expressing interest.