While the numbers aren't as high as hoped, Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill is pleased with the progress of the Posey Township Neighborhood Watch program.
"We've had fewer people showing up," Gambill said. "I'm hoping it rebounds. But we're getting different people at about every meeting. We had people from out of the township at the last meeting."
Since helping form the watch program for Posey Township, Gambill said residents in Lewis Township have contacted him. In addition, residents from Cory recently attended one of the Posey meetings.
"They've been invited to come back as often as they like," Gambill said. "There is some interest."
In addition, since its formation just a few months ago, Gambill said the watch program has conducted at least seven training sessions.
"We've had a lesson at each meeting other than the first meeting when we did the organizational meeting," Gambill said.
Other communities within the Wabash Valley have recently given birth to other neighborhood watches as well, something Gambill believes will continue to take place as crime escalates and the economy continues its slow down turn.
"When the public hears more about the neighborhood watch and sees what it's about, I think neighborhood watches will grow," he said. "In town, there is always a concern of where the kids are. In the country, it seems like the concern is more about people from out of the area coming in and committing thefts. Theft and vandalism seem like the largest concern."
The Posey Township Neighborhood Watch Program Block Captain is Cindy Grove. Its next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Staunton Community Center.