Community meeting set for 5:30 p.m. today

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 04:55 PM.

Sometimes it takes crime to get people to stand up for crime prevention.

When Havelock Police responded to a call from some residents for a community watch meeting in Slocum Village a year ago, no one expressed interest.

But a recent rash of crimes in the neighborhood has raised concerns, and residents vow to be there at 5:30 p.m. today at the community center on Jackson Drive for a new meeting.

“This is the second time we’ve tried to do this out there,” said Capt. David Bratton of the Havelock Police Department. “The first time they called us and we went out there and set the meeting up and everything, nobody showed up. There was absolutely no interest in it, so we’re trying to do it again.”

Bratton hopes residents will form the community watch for Slocum Village, which is exclusively populated by military personnel and their dependents but patrolled by Havelock police.

“We realize with the wives whose husbands are deployed, we understand that there is some nervousness out there,” Bratton said. “We’re increasing our patrols. We’re trying to be proactive with this and get ahead of their concerns.”

Slocum residents called for the meeting with the police after recent crimes in the neighborhood.

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