Don Wagner is hoping that by starting a Neighborhood Crime Watch program in the areas of Tanglewood and Candlewyck in East Drumore Township that criminals will think twice about committing bold, daytime burglaries.Wagner, who lives in Tanglewood, said over the years the area has had "isolated" instances where homes were broken into but about a month ago, two burglaries occurred at homes on Scotland and Deaver roads in broad daylight.
The Coldwell Banker realtor said he was having an open house in Tanglewood when one of the victims of the burglaries told him about it.
"On my way back I thought, we ought to have a Crime Watch program," said Wagner.
So he called Trooper Blain Hertzog, community services officer for the Pennsylvania State Police in Lancaster. He said Hertzog helped residents of Octorara Pines in Colerain Township establish a CrimeWatch program that was so successful that Lakeview Estates across Route 472 also joined.
originally, Wagner said he was only going to include the Tanglewood area into the crime watch program but decided to include the subdivision of Candlewyck as well.
Wagner made a flier announcing a meeting to organize the crime watch group, which will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 in the Church House across from Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church, 1068, Chestnut Level Road, Quarryville.
Trooper Hertzog will be at the meeting to talk about the program, answer questions and help residents start a crime watch program.
A few residents helped Wagner distribute the fliers to 95 percent of the residents living in Tanglewood and Candlewyck. They placed the fliers in mailbox clips at almost 200 homes in the community.
Wagner said having a crime watch program saves the state police a lot of time.
"I just know when I drive into an area that has a crime watch sign I think ooh good," he said. "It's about people being alert."
Although Wagner said he thinks the burglaries were isolated incidents, he said it's better to be preventative.
Anyone is invited to the crime watch meeting. For more information, call Wagner at 575-6767.