local talks the importance of a neighborhood watch during pandemic

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Stay at home orders went into effect nearly two weeks ago. Now that everyone is instructed to stay at home, crime has slowed down in some parts of the city. However, that’s not the case for some residents who have seen more activity in their neighborhood.

“In the fact that we are home or noticing more because when you’re not home you don’t pay attention. You just think that it’s another car that’s coming into the neighborhood, but when you have seen that car come into your neighborhood 8 or 9 times and they’ve made a circle, you’ve known something going on.”

Most can agree with more people at home. A neighborhood watch is essential during the pandemic.

“The main thing is people just need to be really vigilant. They need to make sure that they’re keeping an eye out for their neighbors. If they see any strange activity with they’re not used to, you know to take note.”

One resident said, since the stay at home order, she has seen strange activities and an influx of people entering homes that are usually quiet.

“We’ve been very fortunate our neighbors have banded together and are really watchful of each other. You know we may not see each other on everyday basics but we do communicate every day through our online neighbor watch.”

For more information visit Nationalneigborhoodwatch.org.