Taylor launches new neighborhood watch program

Taylor on Watch aims to keep community safe

TAYLOR, Mich. - The city of Taylor has launched a new program called Taylor on Watch, aimed at keeping the community safe.

Several dozen people gathered at a town hall to find out how it works and how they can get involved.

On a chilly Wednesday night Local 4 found the Dauter family by the fire roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. Tim Dauter said he bought his dream home in Taylor two years ago.

"Right in the city, still in country. Fun and relaxing," said Dauter.

The grandchildren are always over so for Dauter safety is paramount when it comes to his neighborhood. That's why he's on board with the city's new initiative called Taylor on Watch.

"I think that's an excellent idea," said Dauter.

It's a specialized neighborhood watch program that includes the entire city. Law enforcement leaders are doing it by sectors, holding special meetings, educating Taylor residents on how to be good neighbors, how to look out for suspicious activity and how to communicate it to the police.

"I figure pick something up from each meeting. Different needs. Marked them on my calendar," said Dauter. "It's important for us all to be involved."

Most neighbors Local 4 spoke with are like the Dauters -- they don't mind being their brother's keeper, especially if it means keeping the peace in their community.

"It's a positive thing to go through to encourage everybody to participate and watch out for everybody else," said Dauter.

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