Local sheriff looks to neighboring counties for watch program ideas


Reporter - Briana Conner
Photographer - Justin Jones

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ky. - Many communities in the Local 6 region have 'watch programs' set up to make thieves think twice about making them a target. Though neighborhood watch programs have come under fire lately, they have a long history of creating safer communities.

Livingston County Sheriff Bobby Davidson says that's why he wants to get the program going in rural parts of his community.. A string of break-ins in December of last year and three burglaries since January 1st are causes for concern. Chief Deputy Devin Brewer says they have a few leads, but progress is slow because they do not have a lot of information.

Many neighboring counties have had success with neighborhood watch programs, and Sheriff Davidson is following their example to hopefully start some in his county.

Sheriff Kevin Byars says the small, lake community of Moor's Neighborhood in Marshall County used to be an easy target for criminals until they set up a neighborhood watch program.

"We're averaging four to five burglaries every spring, where we were up to 20 to 25 before the neighborhood watch went active," said Byars.

That is enough evidence for Sheriff Davidson, who is ready to get the community more involved.

Sheriff Byars also said he hasn't had any issues with people using this program to take the law into their own hands. He selects a trusted and trained coordinator for each neighborhood to bring information to him. Sheriff Davidson says he wants to use that same set up.