Lordstown Neighborhood Crimewatch thanks police, firefighters

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland Paul Chaney with the Lordstown Neighborhood Crimewatch, left, recently presented a plaque to Lordstown Police Chief Brent Milhoan as residents thanked local police officers and firefighters for their service to the community.

LORDSTOWN — Members of the Lordstown Neighborhood Crimewatch group recently thanked local police officers and firefighters for their service during a ”thank-you” night.

Sharon Marsh with the crimewatch group said safety forces received a plaque and a meal during the open house.

”We wanted people to stop here and thank our local police and fire departments. This was our way to show our appreciation for what they do for the community,” she said.

Police Deputy Patrick Walker said that during the group’s monthly meetings, he reviews recent crime events and happenings in the village. In September and October, that included thefts, assaults and threat incidents.

Residents are strongly advised to lock vehicles, garages and homes, as thefts of items such as four-wheelers and goods from inside cars are common.

Police Chief Brent Milhoan said security cameras do help but they do not always provide a clear picture of a person or license plate of a vehicle.

”While many cameras are very clear, others can be grainy, making it hard to see,” he said.

Milhoan said nearby communities such as Champion and Warren townships have had a rash of car break-ins.

”If something looks suspicious, call police,” he said.

School Resource Officer Dave Harrison handles issues at the school.

The crimewatch group, which started two years ago,  meets 6:30 p.m. third Thursday of month at the fire station but will be on break until January. For information, call 330-824-2545.