Thursday, April 2, 2009

Residents do their part to battle crime with neighborhood watch programs - Gazette

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer

It's 10 p.m. on a Thursday, and Silver Spring resident Dave Evans is where he usually is at this time: driving around his neighborhood in his enormous black Hummer H3.

In the back seat is a black bag with night-vision goggles, pepper spray and a stun gun. A police scanner is in the front seat, with a remote control to operate two spotlights: one mounted on the car, and another that watches over the basketball courts in the middle of the neighborhood.

Evans puts in about 30 hours a month on neighborhood patrol and rarely needs to use all his gear. Regardless, Evans knows his 820-residence Tanglewood community is safer because of one of the most intense Neighborhood Watch programs in Montgomery County.

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