By Aaron James
The effort to revamp the Cooper-Young Neighborhood Watch program continues to build momentum.
Fifty-five concerned neighbors and guests packed the community room at Memphis Made Brewing on Wednesday, February 3rd, with the main topic of the evening being “CYNW needs you!” Attendees were provided a list of over a dozen ways to get involved and asked to indicate their particular area(s) of interest and how many hours per month they could commit.
The response was overwhelming, with 37 of the 50 neighbors present offering an average of 4-6 hours per month towards making their neighborhood a safer place to live. Each hour of volunteer service is worth $23 in required matching in-kind services, applied towards the $30,000 in grant funds that CYNW is in the process of applying for in 2016.
The bulk of the grant money will be used to purchase “off the shelf” home security video systems, which will be installed at strategic locations across Cooper Young and directed to monitor our streets, alleys, and neighborhood entry points. Other money will go towards zone-specific nights out (an expansion of the highly successful National Night Out program), and for additional Neighborhood Watch signage.
Meeting organizer Aaron James reiterated that, “Cooper Young Neighborhood Watch is an utterly democratic organization that can only be, and will only be, precisely what you (the participants) make it. Every voice is welcome, every hand is needed.”
The next CYNW meeting is Wednesday March 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at Memphis Made Brewing on the southeast corner of York and Cooper. Potluck dishes welcome, liquid refreshments provided.
To join CYNW, learn more about the program and how to get involved and to submit questions or share concerns, visit cywatch.org. To learn more about the Neighborhood Watch program in general, including detailed information on tried and true methods of grass roots crime prevention, visit nnw.org. You can also sign up to receive daily updates on crime in your area by enrolling in the CyberWatch program at memphispolice.org.