In an effort to create a safer environment within the Lehigh Acres community, several organizations are organizing events to support the monthlong initiative of "Celebrate Safe Communities."
On Oct. 17, the Lehigh Community Watch Coordinators or CWCs are organizing a walk to promote the importance of Neighborhood Watch programs.
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 responded, creating the National Neighborhood Watch Program in 1972 to assist citizens and law enforcement.
Over the past several years law enforcement nationwide, burdened with decreased budgets and the desire to maintain service levels, has relied more on these crime prevention programs to assist law enforcement by identifying and reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
The command staff of the Lee County Sheriff's Office substation in Lehigh Acres, along with Crime Prevention Practitioner Larry Gutridge and Lehigh CWC Chairman Steve McGiffin are committed to the growth and stabilization of the program and encourage members of the community to join in the walk.
The one-mile walk begins at 6:15 p.m.at the sheriff's substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N.