LOWELL | Lowell police are holding their second Neighborhood Watch orientation at 6 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Lowell Public Library, 1505 E. Commercial Ave.
The meeting comes on the heels of police arresting a suspect in six residential burglaries in Lowell. The suspect was apprehended after an alert neighbor contacted police when she became suspicious of a man carrying a backpack Monday by her neighbor’s home in the 1600 block of Driftwood Drive.
When police arrived, Sgt. Todd Angerman tracked footprints in the fresh snow to a residence in the 600 block of Blackwood Drive. Angerman confronted Phillip Miley, 31, of Lowell, who was arrested, confessed to participating in the six burglaries and charged with seven felonies including possession of marijuana.
“This case is an example of an alert citizen and good police work leading to the apprehension of a menace to the town,” Assistant Chief James R. Woestman said. “Without the public's support, these types of property crimes are very difficult to solve.”
Woestman said the first Neighborhood Watch meeting, which was held Dec. 7, was well attended with 22 adults and four children participating. Woestman said most of the adults signed up to join Neighborhood Watch. Woestman said residents living in unincorporated Lowell are welcome to attend and become involved.
Woestman said Lowell residents are vigilant, and the department receives dozens of tips reporting suspicious activity weekly.
“A great portion of our arrests on property crime are due to the public notifying us of suspicious incidents and persons,” Woestman said.
The orientation will cover the basics of the program and applications will be available.
Woestman said the Neighborhood Watch is both an educational opportunity and a way for residents to help protect their town.
All applicants must be at least 18 years old, of high moral character, have no criminal history and submit to a criminal background check, Woestman said.
“Join us to learn more,” Woestman said. “Give back to your community and join the Lowell Neighborhood Watch. Together we can make a difference and the town safer for all.”