LYNCH, Ky. (WYMT) - In Harlan County, Lynch City Police believe a new Neighborhood Watch program could reduce crime in the area.
Erica Eldridge lives and works in Lynch. She says theft and drug crime is increasing around her neighborhood.
"I love this city and some of this criminal activity is hitting close to home for me," said Eldridge.
She and others have teamed up with the Lynch Police Department to start a Neighborhood Watch Program.
"We'd like to get the neighbors involved. The more eyes and ears we have on the street, the safer it makes the community," said Michael Nunley, Lynch Police Chief.
The Police Chief believes the extra sets of eyes will not only help solve crimes but also prevent them.
"It should improve the level of information that we bring in and the tips we get. it should help us be more efficient at solving criminal activity that might be going on like drugs or theft or that nature," said Nunley.
The police department plans to set-up phone line and email address for anonymous tips on suspicious activity.
They hope the Neighborhood Watch program gets more people talking to each other and to police.
"Sometimes just that instinct of seeing something that's not quite right, just letting someone know may save the day," said Eldridge.
The Lynch Police Department is also looking at the possibility of setting up a "senior alert line" for elderly people who might need help.
Anyone who wants to join the Neighborhood Watch can contact Lynch Police or City Hall.