Dog walkers on the lookout for crime

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are asking for extra feet and paws to help walk the streets when it comes to crime.

A daily task of taking a dog for a walk could help police when it comes to suspicious activity.

“Dogs kind of bring everybody together,” said Kris Mitchell.

A quick stroll around the neighborhood for Mitchell often comes with a few stops. People living on her street always want to see her two dogs.

“We walk around morning and afternoon,” said Mitchell. “Because we have a collie, not many people see those. I get stopped by grandchildren quite a bit.”

It is people like this the Miami Township Police Department hopes will be the first line of defense against crime.

Nobody knows a neighborhood like the people who are living in it.

“We may not know which car belongs in which driveway but the neighbors do,” said Sgt. Jay Phares with the Miami Township Police Department. “It’s their neighborhood and they take a little ownership in it.”

The police department is kicking off what they call a “Dog Walker Watch.” They are enlisting the help of dog owners to possibly stop crime from happening.

“Everybody has a cell phone with them these days,” said Phares. “If they see a crime in progress, they can maybe stop the second, third, or fourth crime from happening.”

It has already received the attention of a few people willing to help.

“Since people are walking around looking at homes, looking at the neighborhood in general, we were curious to come to find out,” said Mitchell.

The idea for the “Dog Walker Watch” was started from a similar program associated with the National Night Out program.

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