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An update on Neighborhood Watch for Bokeelia

August 21, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

I would like to advise all of the members of our Neighborhood Watch area, that we are still trying to come up with a date for our next informative meeting. There are a few people that are out of town that wish to be present.As soon as a date is set, you all will be notified.

I would like to thank Cathy Caputo, Patrick Hutcherson and Shane Dooley for putting into place our newest Neighborhood Watch sign that is located on Avenue C, also Pine Island Water Company for checking that our sign locations are not interfering with any water lines.

At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to describe briefly that our community needs each of us involved in the "watch" program, to be involved, to organize ourselves accordingly, responsibly and to work with our local Law Enforcement Agency. This means to keep a trained eye and trained ears on our neighborhood streets and to report any and all suspicious activity and or activities either by calling 911 or the non-emergency number. I receive close to 30 calls per month, not to mention knocks on my door with concerns and questions which in actuality, should be reported to the authorities. I, in most cases, do have an answer for your questions and concerns, if I do not, I will make appropriate calls on your behalf and get back to you promptly. However, I am a coordinator, not a law enforcement officer. I do whatever I can to help you and to better our neighborhood, but it is up to you all to report suspicious activities. I cannot report something that I do not see, however, you can. By calling me, valuable time is wasted by the time I relay your concerns and or what you have witnessed to the appropriate authorities. All calls either to 911 or to the non-emergency number (407-1000) are strictly confidential. Please do not hesitate to call any time, day or night. The deputies are on the island at all times.

In closing this letter, I would like to give a huge and well deserved thank you to our deputies that are assigned to Pine Island for the tremendous job they do each and every day. They dedicate themselves to keeping us safe and are always just a phone call away. Although we may not see them each time we look out our windows or walk down our streets, they are here, putting their lives on the line for us. They can't prevent all crimes, but with our help, they can prevent many crimes. So, therefore, we need to utilize our trained eyes and ears and work together.

Thank you

Lori DePalma

Neighborhood Watch, Bokeelia



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