Jim Thorpe Community Watch and Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch are joining forces to discuss the viability in coordinating a Carbon County Community Watch.

With the idea of "neighbor helping neighbor," the two groups will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. at Lehighton Area High School to address the matter.

According to Jim Thorpe Community Watch Coordinator Jamie Solomon, "With changing times in our little communities, we feel that joining one another - exchanging ideas and bringing to the table new ideas - could make us all stronger in the mission we are trying to improve upon."

"Together, we can support each other in making our towns safer and support our police officers who do a fine job every day," added Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch Coordinator Byron Schnell. "Come join us and bring your thoughts, ideas, and other members of the community along with you."

All interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend.

These groups are always looking for more community members to step forward and help be additional "eyes and ears" of law enforcement. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life in the area by helping to prevent or reduce crime by educating the community how to recognize suspicious activities and properly report them to the police.

Future joint meetings will alternate between participating community crime watch groups. Jim Thorpe will host the next one. The frequency of the meetings will be determined by those who attend and are actively involved in the groups.

For more information, contact Solomon at 570-325-4995 or secretary@jtpolice.org. Contact Schnell at 610-377-1926 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NeighborhoodCrimeWatch.