Community program

Torrington Police tackle neighborhood crime with community program

TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) – The Torrington Block Watch Program works to reduce crime across the city.

The program works to keep the community vigilant.

Members of every block monitoring community are always on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Tonight, one of these block surveillance events is taking place in the Jardon district.

Some of the crimes they focus on are burglaries and car thefts.

“We had problems with stolen cars. There are problems with minors stealing motor vehicles.

These are issues that are happening across the state and in Torrington.

“Our city has also been the victim of catalytic converter thefts. Car break-ins have been a big problem across our state, including in the community of Torrington where individuals have broken into cars to obtain valuables.

Combating these types of crimes is one of the goals of the block watch program.

Torrington has block watch programs in 10 to 12 city neighborhoods.

The groups meet monthly with officers from the Torrington Police Department.

Together they discuss important issues for each neighborhood and strive to stay alert and keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

Police Chief William Baldwin said the program prevents crime and gives police an important tool: community assistance.

“When you have a program such as a neighborhood watch or block watch program, when people pay attention, they can give law enforcement officials the initiative they need to identify these people. and end some of the things that are happening,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin said they would like to expand the program and are always looking for more participants.

If you want to get involved, click here.