Some years ago, when Westgate was the main residential area in Alpine Township, there was a significant outbreak in residential burglaries and other property crimes in the area. Upon the prodding of the Kent County Sheriff's department, and a serious concern by the community, a Neighborhood Watch Group was organized. This resulted in community awareness and a reduction in crime that has lasted for decades. The Westgate Neighborhood Watch was one of the most active groups in the area for a long time, but with a decrease in criminal activity, the Neighborhood Watch group became less active.With a number of recent major crimes in the area, and a decline in the economy, the need for an active Neighborhood Watch group is great once again. . A number of concerned citizens met with our community policing officer Nate Ertle this week and expressed a desire to reorganize the Westgate Neighborhood Watch.
If you live in or in the near vincinity of the Westgate area, you are invited to an organizational meeting scheduled for Monday, November 3, 2008, at Stoney Creek School, 200 Lantern Drive N.W. To view or print copies of the brochure, click here.