Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch continues its mission to help make the community a safer place to live, learn, work, and play.

The organization will meet on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. at PFC Clyde R. Houser Lehighton Borough Annex Building – the former Lehighton Area Junior High School. It is located at 110 North Third Street in Lehighton.

This local organization is not just for the borough of Lehighton, but also for each of the townships that comprise Lehighton Area School District – East Penn, Franklin, and Mahoning. To emphasize its importance, officials from each of these municipalities are invited to this meeting to learn first-hand about Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch.

According to Program Coordinator Byron Schnell, "We are concentrating on solidarity throughout the Lehighton area."

"In order to help create a more efficient stronghold against crime in the area, we need our officials to work closer together."

At a recent meeting, Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch partnered with Baltimore Life to present an Emergency Training Program. Don Snyder, a former police officer and current firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) in The Abingtons, was guest speaker. He is also a Baltimore Life agent.

Snyder emphasized that the first thing to do in any emergency situation is to call 911. He also demonstrated how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

In addition, Snyder showed the proper way to execute the inward and upward thrusts of the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking victim – as well as the procedures for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

In other business, the topic of identification badges for solicitors visiting Lehighton Borough door-to-door was discussed.

"We care and we want to keep our town safe," said Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig. "That's why we are working on these badges."

Established in 1972, Neighborhood Crime Watch has proved to be one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country. This local campaign is an outgrowth of Lehighton Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch is looking for more community members to step forward and volunteer to help be additional "eyes and ears" of law enforcement. The program is designed to help prevent or reduce crime by educating the community how to detect suspicious activities and properly report them to the police.

For more information, to volunteer, and / or to make a donation to the community-wide program, contact Schnell at (610) 377-1926. Join them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NeighborhoodCrimeWatch.

For more information about a Neighborhood Crime Watch program in general, visit www.USAonWatch.orghttp://www.usaonwatch.org/.