Based upon what we know about crime watch efforts in other parts of the county, we have every reason to believe residents of Oldtown will see a reduction in crime once their watch group is organized.
Some Oldtown residents are banding together to form a crime watch group to combat repeated problems in their community, including thefts and 4wheelers causing property damage.
Derek Hose, who represented the group in addressing a meeting of the Allegany County Commission, commented, “We have to take care of our problems. It’s turned into disrespect and delinquent, criminal behavior. It’s continuing to get worse.”
The Oldtown Neighborhood Crime watch has put out a pamphlet about the organization that includes police contact information.
Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson supports creation of the crime watch group, but he cautioned that cracking down on 4wheel activity is difficult. He said once a marked police car arrives on the scene, those causing the damage flee.
Nevertheless, we urge the sheriff to make the Oldtown problem a priority for his deputies. No one should have to contend with people tearing up private property, including lawns and gardens. The 4-wheelers also have damaged the Lions baseball field.
Usually such problems are the result of the actions of a handful of individuals. Once police can identify the trouble-makers, the problem can be cleared up.
The Oldtown Crime Watch can play a vital role in helping law enforcement officers. By reporting any suspicious activity immediately, police have a better chance of apprehending criminals.