Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch is planning something different for their next two meetings. The group is going to take "road trips" to the neighboring Carbon County towns of Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe.

On Tuesday, March 26, the crime watch group will meet at Carbon County Communications Center at 7 p.m. for a tour of the facility and a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) presentation. The communications center is located at 1264 Emergency Lane in Nesquehoning next to the Carbon County Correctional Facility off Route 93.

Those who would like to car pool to the communications center are asked to meet at Lehighton Area High School parking lot at 6:30 p.m.

Next month, Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch will be the special guests of Jim Thorpe Community Watch on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall located at 101 East 10th Street in Jim Thorpe. Again, those who are interested in carpooling to Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall should meet at LAHS parking lot at 6:30 p.m.

All interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend the meetings of the organization and become involved. It is not just for the boroughs of Lehighton and Weissport, but also for each of the townships that comprise Lehighton Area School District East Penn, Franklin, and Mahoning.

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.

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.

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

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