Hilliard boosting local block watch efforts with new signs
Residents of the Darby Glen subdivision have put burglars on notice of a block watch in their neighborhood.
The city of Hilliard made the signs and street department employees erected three signs earlier this month on the most-traveled roads in the subdivision.
Hilliard Police Officer Hyda Slone said if a neighborhood successfully establishes a block watch, the city will arrange for the creation and installation of signs.
Slone regularly meets with homeowners associations to provide safety and crime prevention tips and to help establish block watch programs.
"The residents (of Darby Glen) are excited to have these signs," Slone said.
Darby Glen and several other neighborhoods have been victims of daytime burglaries, as well as thefts from vehicles during the overnight hours.
In addition to the Darby Glen subdivision, block watch signs have been installed at Hayden Run Village and Hilliard Grand Apartments.
The Beacon and Silverton Farms subdivisions also are seeking the signs, Slone said.
"I hope these signs will send a message to criminals that we are watching as well as promote neighbors watching out for neighbors through their block watches," Slone said.