Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Lehighton Area High School. Justin Markel from Carbon County Communications Center will be the guest speaker.

This local organization is looking for more community members to step forward and volunteer to help be additional "eyes and ears" of law enforcement. The group is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the area by helping to prevent or reduce crime by educating the community how to detect suspicious activities and properly report them to the police.

According to Program Coordinator Byron Schnell, "All interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend the meetings and become involved."

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch 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.

Established in 1972, Neighborhood Watch has proven 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.

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.org http://www.usaonwatch.org