Marmet Taking Advanced Approach to Neighborhood Watch

MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Whether it's a violent home invasion or a case of copper theft, neighbors in Marmet say they're fed up with crime.

They’re now taking an advanced approach to stopping and solving crimes in their community.

“I want them to feel like they can be safe in their hometown. I want them to be able to go outside and play,” Carisa Cooper, a mother of three, said.

Cooper lives in Marmet where just last week there was a violent home invasion. A pastor was badly beaten in that incident.

It sparked the creation of a neighborhood watch group, which started with a simple Facebook page. It allows participants to post about crimes and others to comment.

You can also use the page to sign up for text alerts. Just send your cell phone number in a private message. That way, any time a crime happens in town and as soon as the neighborhood watch group hears about it, you will also learn about it via text message.

“Anything to keep your home, your children, your family safe would be great,” Cooper said. “Anything that will help keep us safe would be a plus.”

“We need all the help we can get on it,” Marmet Mayor Bill Pauley said.

Pauley welcomes the group with open arms, especially after Thursday’s case of copper theft that caused the lights to go out on the town's Christmas star.

“Somebody must be pretty desperate to steal copper off of the star,” Pauley said.

The group is also planning to have weekly meetings every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Rec Center.

For those who don't have Facebook or a cell phone, organizers are working on making flyers to call attention their mission.

Group organizers say they’re very pleased with the response from the community.

So far, it has about 300 Facebook friends and had dozens of people show up to the first meeting earlier this week.

Marmet's Neighborhood Watch Group Facebook page can be found at:

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