Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Automated Call Added to Neighborhood Watch

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Automated Call Added to Neighborhood Watch

Article excerpt

In a move that Clayton Police and Fire Chief Richard Morris said will "enhance the protection of the residents," the board of aldermen has approved the implementation of an automated calling system for the city's neighborhood-watch program.

The computer-driven system will store the telephone numbers of all residents who participate in the program in its database. The two-line system will cost the city about $6,000 for hardware, plus additional amounts for software and a dedicated computer.

The automated system will allow police to forward neighborhood-specific crime information to residents who participate in the neighborhood-watch program. Chief Morris said that a key feature will allow residents to respond to an audio menu asking for any knowledge they have on unsolved crimes.

"I want to make it clear that installing this system is not a response to an increase in crime in Clayton," Morris said. "We have actually experienced a decrease in crime in recent months. …

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