For Immediate Release

SAVANNAH, GA (October 12, 2010): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are taking back the streets


 October is National Crime Prevention Month. The City of Savannah and Chatham County, along with more than 150 other communities nationwide, will join forces with the National Crime Prevention Council, home of McGruff the Crime Dog, and the U.S. Department of Justice to prevent crime and create safer communities. 

“Taking back the streets” will consist of three local events on October 16, 2010. This event will focus on crime prevention and awareness. Residents will have the opportunity to interact with local law enforcement and other public safety agencies to learn what they can do to further drive down crime in the community.  Join Captain Richard Zapal and members of the Southside Precinct at one of these locations:

 Whitfield Park/ Pine Ridge Neighborhood Watch

Theme    “Take Back the Street”

Special    Raffle to raise money for Hope House Savannah, the battered women’s shelter

Location Lake Mayer

Time       11:00 AM to 2 PM

Paradise Park/ Oakhurst Neighborhood Association

Theme    “Criminal Awareness Day Out”  

Special    Chatham County Sheriff’s with a K-9 unit, Fire Truck & men from the south side

Location White Bluff Elementary School

Time        11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Colonial Village Neighborhood Association

Theme      “Keeping Our Neighborhood Safe”

Special      Live Music

Location   10,610 Gray Fox Drive

Time          5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

These events are part of the national Celebrate Safe Communities initiative designed to spotlight communities’ crime prevention efforts, enhance public awareness of vital crime prevention and safety messages, and recruit year-round support for ongoing prevention activities that help keep neighborhoods safe from crime. 

Please join us to, as McGruff says, “Take a Bite Out of Crime.”

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