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Bentley College Joins Massachusetts Campus Watch

August 21, 2001


Waltham, MA- The Massachusetts Neighborhood Crime Watch Commission (MNCWC) and the Bentley College Campus Police have joined forces and initiated the statewide crime prevention program entitled Campus Watch.

The Massachusetts Campus Watch Program is a collaborative effort between the MNCWC and individual campus public safety departments. This innovative program was established in 1998 and has been successfully implemented at all of the University of Massachusetts Campuses. Crime prevention education and crime watch training was provided to the campus community members. Campus Watch supports new and existing campus crime prevention activities coordinated by the campus police and safety officers. The crime watch concept introduced to each campus community is designed to strengthen existing community policing and crime prevention programming throughout the Commonwealth.

The MNCWC acknowledges the importance of teaching young adults about community involvement and crime prevention. The Campus Watch Program will provide all members of a community with information on how to detect and report an emergency situation, suspicious activity, or crime. A successful crime watch program tells would-be criminals that additional eyes and ears are on the side of the police.

The training was conducted by the MNCWC and the Bentley Campus Police Department. All resident assistants and the resident directors who oversee residence halls on the Bentley Campus were trained on how to properly report and detect suspicious activity. In addition to this training, these students will be required to spread the word about this program to their peers as well as making this program a regular part of their campus activities. Bentley Police Chief Ernie Leffler states, "I am very excited about the launching of the Massachusetts Campus Watch Program at Bentley College and am looking forward to it enhancing our existing community policing efforts to better serve our Community."

Crime watch programs are noted as the most cost-effective means of preventing crime. The public serves as an extension of the police in regard to observing crime. "The concept of crime watch is quickly growing throughout the Commonwealth," stated Caileen Fitzgerald, Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Neighborhood Crime Watch Commission within the Department of Housing and Community Development. According to the state crime watch program, in 2001 there were 2,235 active neighborhood crime watch groups in Massachusetts. Whether a crime watch participant is a neighborhood resident or college student, the key components to crime watch remain the same: security and communication. "By reminding students to properly secure cellular phones, computers, compact discs, and other valuables in their locked room or a vehicle's trunk, the opportunity for a criminal to break-in is drastically reduced," added Ms. Fitzgerald.

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