When traveling the neighborhoods of West Virginia, you’re more likely to see a sign bearing “Boris the Burglar” than in most other states.
Boris is the logo for the Neighborhood Watch Program.
West Virginia has 217 Neighborhood Watch Programs, seven of which are in Wheeling.
How do these neighborhood watches help catch Boris and how does the local police department use the information from the watch group?
“Its about building relationships too,” explained Wheeling Police Department Public Information Officer Philip Stahl. “We have an officer or liaison that is assigned to each crime watch here in the City of Wheeling. The people who attend that meeting can build a relationship with that officer, begin a trust factor with everybody in the room and begin a dialogue.”
The official Neighborhood Watch Program was created in 1972 by the National Sheriffs’ Association in response to the rising crime rates of the late 1960s.
For more about Wheeling’s Neighborhood Watch Program, click here.